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How to convert audio to written text

Do you want to use your voice to dictate a long text, so as to avoid spending hours and hours on the keyboard? There are numerous paid programs that can convert audio to text in a more or less precise way, but in this guide I will show you how you can transform audio into written text completely free of charge using some little-known tools.

Note: In order to use the voice dictation required a microphone connected to the PC or a webcam with built-in microphone.

How to transcribe audio files into text with free programs:

Web Speech API Demonstration

A great tool to convert your voice into a written text use the TestWeb Speech API Demonstration page, available for free from the following link (I recommend opening this page with Google Chrome).

LINK |Web Speech API Demonstration

Within the page, simply click on the drop-down menu at the bottom to select the Italian language, then click on the microphone symbol present at the corner of the text field and start dictating the text.

Speech API

As you speak your voice will be converted into an understandable text.

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At the end of the recording, simply click on the microphone icon again to see the buttons to copy the text or to send the dictation via email.

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Google Drive

Do you want to dictate a letter or a document? You can use the voice dictation features offered by Google Drive and its office suite.

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First of all go to the right section of Google Drive reserved for documents, which you can reach using the link below.

LINK | Google Drive Docs

Click the + symbol in the bottom right to open a new document; now just go to the menu Tools -> Voice Typing to open the text dictation features.

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Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + S to open the voice dictation tool. You will see a small window appear at the side of the document, just click on the symbol microphone to start dictating the document.

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Convert audio from MP3 files (or other sources) to text

If you want instead convert an MP3 file (but also in any other format) or a video played on the Internet in text? In these cases you can take advantage of the Audio mixer offered by Windows with many modern video cards. To activate the Audio Mixer, all you have to do is click on the volume button at the bottom right and open the "Recording devices" menu.

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In the window that appears, right click on any empty point in the center of the window and enable the item "Disconnected devices".

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You will also see the voice "Stereo mixing"; enable this tool by right clicking on it and using the "Enable" item. Also disable all other recording devices to avoid interference.

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Click OK. Now you can use the Web Speech API Demonstration page or the dictation Google Drive voice to convert any sound reproduced by Windows in a text.

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For example, if you listen to a song through a video on the internet you can get all the lyrics or fill a document with pieces of speeches taken from the internet and reproduced through a media player or via a video.

Other tools

The ones I showed you on this page are the best ways to turn audio into dictated text, but you can also try one of the free tools provided in the following bulleted list:

They are all valid tools for convert audio to text, so that you can dictate anything using your voice or audio from a file or video.