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Type with Your Voice


I learned how to type in high school, but my counselor wouldn't let me take a typing class. He said, "That class is for students on a secretarial path. You're on a college path, so you won't need it."

I heard a rumor that I might have to type papers in college, so I got a "learn to type" book, borrowed a typewriter, and taught myself to type.

After spending 30+ years as an IT manager, typing hours per day, I got better at it. But about a year after my Parkinson's diagnosis, I started having trouble typing and using a mouse. Although I loved my job, difficulty typing weighed heavily on my decision to retire.

Now, after having Parkinson's for almost 12 years, I have taken up the hobby of developing and maintaining websites for organizations I believe in, such as https://www.cdparkinsons.org/

I don't have to work all day typing to maintain the sites, but here I am, still typing.

One day, I accidentally stumbled upon a feature on my smartphone that allows me to dictate text. For a while, I used my phone to make rough drafts of documents and then used my laptop computer to fix up the text.. I didn’t know that I could do voice to text directly on my laptop PC. But I've now found a setting on my laptop that lets me do the voice to text directly on the laptop.. I can type so much faster without worrying about tremors and the mouse.

Here are some links to help you use voice typing on your electronic device:

  • How to use voice typing on Windows 10 and Windows 11: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/use-voice-typing-to-talk-instead-of-type-on-your-pc-fec94565-c4bd-329d-e59a-af033fa5689f

  • How to use dictation on Mac: https://support.apple.com/guide/mac-help/use-dictation-mh40584/mac

  • How to dictate text on iPhone: https://support.apple.com/guide/iphone/dictate-text-iph2c0651d2/ios

  • How to use voice typing on Android: https://support.google.com/gboard/answer/2781851?hl=en-GB&co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid

I hope this is helpful!

- Jud



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