Extensive List of Siri's Dictation Commands for iPhone 4S

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Many of the voice commands for Dragon Dictation also work in Siri's Dictation service on the iPhone 4S. The new speech-to-text service allows users to press a microphone on the keyboard in any application and then utilize Siri's speech recognition to enter text.

Jim Rhoades of Crush Apps has made an extensive list of commands that Siri's dictation service understands:

"new line" - move to the next line
"all caps" - make the next word all uppercase
"all caps on/off" - turn caps lock on or off
"smiley" or "smiley face" or "smile face" - :-)
"frowny" or "frowny face" or "frown face" - :-(

See Rhoades' post on the Crush Apps blog for the full list of Siri dictation commands.

Top Rated Comments

NightFox Avatar
121 months ago
I'm sure Siri has got a dark sense of humour - On my own I can chat away for ages with it understanding everything I say with such accuracy it's incredible. However, as soon as I try to demo it to anyone like my wife or an Android owner, you can bet that all I'll get from it is "I'm sorry Neil, I don't understand 'spleen longboat curry'"
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essrow Avatar
121 months ago

I guess I can see why so many people are excited about this. Personally, though, I don't see myself using the speech-to-text feature very often (if at all) because it drives me crazy that it fails to include punctuation. I'm way too OCD about periods and commas.


I'm the same exact way. But you can use the words "comma", "period", "question mark" etc. and it will listen!!!!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mrsir2009 Avatar
121 months ago
If you say 'I'm being sarcastic' will it come up with: :rolleyes:
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ladeer Avatar
121 months ago
This is amazing. I just tried:

I spoke "I just had my period"
Siri typed "I just had my period"

I spoke "I just had my period period"
Siri typed "I just had my period."

I spoke "I want to go period"
Siri typed "I want to go."

!!!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
inigel Avatar
121 months ago

I'm sure Siri has got a dark sense of humour - On my own I can chat away for ages with it understanding everything I say with such accuracy it's incredible. However, as soon as I try to demo it to anyone like my wife or an Android owner, you can bet that all I'll get from it is "I'm sorry Neil, I don't understand 'spleen longboat curry'"


I found that too, but then I realised that when demoing Siri, I would change the tone of my voice. When I am using it privately I use a more natural voice.

It is weird trying to force myself to talk to it naturally when other people are around!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pensoftware Avatar
121 months ago

Nope. It returns it as "Why a P a".

In NaturallySpeaking, you can just say "Spell", pause a half a beat, then spell the word. When you pause again at the end of the word, it assumes you've left spelling mode.

A lot of Googling hasn't turned up any clues.

If it isn't implemented now, I'm sure Apple will release a Siri update that fixes both escaping commands as well as new features such as spelling a word.

EDIT: What would be a really cool feature is if it used changes in volume to signify automatic capitalization. Or if you yell into your phone with an angry tone then it would automatically capitalize the whole thing.
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