As a litigation attorney who uses OneNote very often during depositions, it would be very helpful - and more valuable for legal purposes- if one note could transcribe audio in real time. Not record audio, just transcribe. Happy to chat more if desired. Thanks!
I would like to see the capability of having audio file to text - thank you
Michael Ball commented
You can definitely do this in OneNote in Windows 10 and on an Android phone (I've done it); chances are, this feature is just as available on other operating systems, such as on iPhones.
Transcription doesn't exist in any particular app so much as it's built into the operating system - which, if you think about, makes a lot of sense, instead of having to create separate transcription features for every single app that needs it. That is, what I'm about to explain, you can do the exact same thing in Word or Gmail or your browser or pretty much any app that accepts text.
In Windows 10, to toggle voice dictation on and off, press: Windows key + H
The first time you do this, you may need to do some set-up in your Settings, but even for that, pressing Windows + H should bring up a "To use dictation, go to settings..." message that you can click to go directly to the setting in question.
For more details, see here:
On Android devices, start writing a note as you normally would, so that your phone's keyboard is visible. You should see a microphone icon. Press it, and start talking. It'll change exactly what you say into text. It also recognizes a few (VERY few) voice commands for punctuation:
* question mark
* exclamation point
* enter (or "new line" or "new paragraph")
Windows 10 has WAY more voice commands, including "Stop Dictation", "Literal [word]", "Go to [word]", and many more:
This option is already included in the new version of Microsoft Word (Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus). I don't understand why it hasn't already been included in OneNote.
I have been using a app to record audio notes (on a Samsung Gear Watch) and send them to OneNote. The very next thing that I do when I get back to a device is to transcribe the audio to text and followup. If OneNote would perform auto-transcription or at least right-click transcribe, that would save time and add value.
I have a recording audio, we need to be able to transcribe recordings (speech to text). Thanks
Whether it is in OneNote or somewhere else I really need the ability to transcribe an audio from .ppt to text. Why do this? Being able to dictate to MS software is only 50% of the solution. After someone dictates, someone else has to prepare text content. Listening and typing is a poor solution at best when the content is already digital and can be converted. Please provide a 100% solution.
Thomas Mills commented
Both Windows 10 built in voice recognition(almost as good as dragon) and the Dictate tool from Microsoft Garage are great tools but neither works in One Note or OneNote 2016.
Harsh Pareek commented
I would also really like this feature. I record audio clips for brainstorming on projects and even inaccurate translation (like the kind done by Google Voice for voicemail) is very helpful.
1) The principal object stored is the audio.
2) Add a right click option to automatically transcribe the audio to a text box
3) Each word is greyed out in proportion to (the lack of )confidence
4) We can go correct the generated text as needed.This new word would be bold indicating high confidence.
5) You can collect annotated data this way to improve the engine!
It would be amazing if it was also searchable.
It would be very helpful if OneNote could transcribe audio notes.
Jack Mosby commented
as a law student, I have to read a ton and it is easier to take notes if I can dictate while I am holding my book. I do not have enough hands to type and hold a ten pound text book up; please add a dictation function to Word and especially OneNote, maybe incorporate a mic on the Surface Pen, or as was suggested below, use the mic for Cortana on the Windows 10 Surface
Matthew Graham commented
I just need the speech recognition engine within Cortana (which is on my electronic devices) to be connected to OneNote and use the same methodology that Exchange employs in its Unified Messaging stack to transcribe and timestamp individual words. Microsoft has these great technologies, but they're not working cohesively at this time. I want to use OneNote for audio note taking, and then be able to search it for information later, as its search capabilities are astoundingly good.
If this feature were added, even with the low degree of precision of the exchange transcription engine, it could fundamentally change the way people use OneNote. Personal assistants (e.g. Cortana, or a real person) should be able to take notes as I talk. I should then be able to rely on that personal assistant (Cortana or a real person) to retrieve the information I've said.
While throughout history this relied on someone having funds to pay for an actual person to do this as their career, it could now become accessible to every person with access to electronic devices. The bar to entry for this ridiculously awesome asset would be to afford a computer/phone/tablet that can run Windows 10. (Very low specifications required.)
I don't think anyone is doing this in a way that would allow me to organize it for visual review, and be able to search it, and be able to have visual cues (photo/video/chart/graph/pdf/word doc/etc) and my in-depth reference material (data collections in files for retrieval) and store it all in the cloud (OneDrive) and be able to access it from any device, anywhere on the planet (with internet) at any time (the instant gratification factor).
Hopefully other people understand the fundamental reason why this is a need, and not a feature request.
Paul Snyder commented
The Win 10 text to speech desktop app is "clunky". The Win 10 keyboard should have a mic option like the iOS keyboard to allow dictation of OneNote text. As an alternative Cortana's speech recognition could be integrated to allow speech to text dictation into specific OneNote pages.
Christopher Bramley commented
As an author I use this for notes, writing, scenes, chapters, ideas, dreams and much more. It works well, but IMO there is no excuse for a phone capable of speech to text recognition to not allow this in OneNote, either inline or post recording. Often I am driving or otherwise engaged and writing an intricate idea is difficult or impossible. Dumping it into an audio file is less than ideal for manipulation into books.
We should have the option to record audio in as current, OR speak and have it translated. Android phones can do this kind of thing natively from their keyboards. Please add this either to OneNote or Windows Phone itself. The more user friendly it is all made, the more users will come to Windows Phone and related apps.
this is now available in the new Learning Tools for OneNote Desktop 2013/2016 but the UI needs refinement. Need to have a clear START/STOP dictation recording button, currently have to go to Learning Tools to STOP and it is not apparent that dictation is ongoing until you go back to this tab -tg
John Zurowski commented
I would like to add a slight variation - record voice input as an audio clip and associated text that was created via voice recognition technology. Why? Even if the voice recognition gets it wrong it means you have captured the raw input.
Preferred platforms would be mobile i.e. android and windows phones + tablets
Shawn Keene commented
To put another way, I want to be able to append more text to an existing page, rather than my "take a note" causing a new page to be created for me to find/organize later.
"Hey Cortana, add detergent to my shopping list" or "Hey Cortana, add list manager to my app idea list."
Incorporate speech-to-text in OneNote (desktop and mobile) same as Evernote for Windows Phone does
Kamil Ozirski commented
Google Keep users can create voice memos as OneNote, but Keep will also transcribes your spoken words into editable text.
Brian Krienke commented
I would use this mostly on windows phone to quickly add notes. But the desktop may have the power crunching ability to sit and chug on audio and convert it when idle.