Tips For Siri Dictation

Say this …

… to do this

new line move to the next line (like pressing “Return” on a keyboard)
new paragraph to start a new paragraph
cap to capitalize the next wordFor example, saying:I named my pet pig cap baconproduces the text:

I named my pet pig Bacon

(interestingly, if you say “Kevin Bacon”, Bacon is automatically capitalized for you)

caps on … caps off to capitalize a section of textFor example, saying:caps on twenty five ways to eat bacon caps offproduces the text:

25 Ways to Eat Bacon

all caps to make the next word all uppercaseFor example, saying:I am hungry feed me all caps now pleaseproduces the text:

I am hungry feed me NOW please

all caps on … all caps off to make part of what you say uppercaseFor example, saying:I am hungry all caps on feed me now all caps off pleaseproduces the text:

I am hungry FEED ME NOW please

no caps to make the next word lowercaseFor example, saying:I like no caps Mikeproduces the text:

I like mike

no caps on … no caps off to make sure part of what you say is all lowercaseFor example, saying:Our friends no caps on Steve and Tina no caps off live in Californiaproduces the text:

Our friends steve and tina live in California

space bar to prevent a hyphen from appearing in a normally hyphenated wordFor example, saying:This restaurant is first space bar classprevents first-class from being hyphenated, and produces the text:

This restaurant is first class

no space to prevent a space between wordsFor example, saying:This is the best no space tasting bacon everproduces the text:

This is the besttasting bacon ever

no space on … no space off to prevent a section of text from having spaces between wordsFor example, saying:This is no space on the best tasting bacon no space off everproduces the text:

This is thebesttastingbacon ever

“period” or “full stop” to place a “.” at the end of a sentence
dot .For example, saying:The dot number pi is three dot one fourproduces the text:

The.number pi is 3.14

(note the subtle difference between saying point and dotdot works between words)

point .For example, saying:The point number pi is three point one fourproduces the text:

The point number pi 3.14

(note the subtle difference between saying point and dotdot works between words)

“ellipsis” or “dot dot dot”
comma ,
double comma ,,
“quote” or “quotation mark” ”(although, if you need to place some text within quotation marks, using the “quote … end quote” commands may be more accurate)
quote … end quote to place quotes around a section of textFor example, saying:She said quote see you next week end quoteproduces the text:

She said “see you next week”

apostrophe ‘(although in many cases, apostrophes are automatically inserted, like when saying Sam’s new iPhone)
exclamation point !
inverted exclamation point ¡
question mark ?
inverted question mark ¿
ampersand &
asterisk *
open parenthesis (
close parenthesis )
open bracket [
close bracket ]
open brace {
close brace }
dash -For example, saying:This dash is dash my dash cheeseproduces the text:

This – is – my – cheese

(note the difference in spacing between this and when saying hyphen)

hyphen -For example, saying:This hyphen is hyphen my hyphen cheeseproduces the text:


(note the difference in spacing between this and when saying dash)

em dash
underscore _
percent sign %
copyright sign ©
registered sign ®
section sign §
dollar sign $
cent sign ¢
euro sign
yen sign ¥
degree sign °
caret ^
at sign @
pound sterling sign £
pound sign #
greater than sign >
less than sign <
forward slash /
back slash \
vertical bar |
“smiley” or “smiley face” or “smile face” 🙂
“frowny” or “frowny face” or “frown face” 🙁
“winky” or “winky face” or “wink face” 😉
e.g. (pronounced as “e g”) e.g.For example, saying:e g when you learn to ride a bikeproduces the text:

E.g. when you learn to ride a bike

i.e. (pronounced as “i e”) i.e.For example, saying:i e when you learn to ride a bikeproduces the text:

I.e. when you learn to ride a bike

Thanks candybacon for sending us this list!

13 thoughts on “Tips For Siri Dictation

  1. Great list - thanks. I really struggle with the caps commands. I am certain I’m missing something obvious, but I cannot for the life of me make Siri dictate the word “cap” or some words that start with the word “cap”. Unfortunately, one of these words is the name of my employer Capgemini which Siri insists on dictating as “Gemini”, having interpreted my input as requesting a capital G at the beginning of the word Gemini! I’ve tried saying “cap cap…” that doesn’t work. As it is one of the things I use most often in dictating emails, this is an irritation. I personally find the dictation in Siri extremely useful and dictate large volumes of email using the tool. This one feature has me foxed.

    Anybody know whether there’s a way of either saying the word “cap” without it interpreting it as a command, or adding custom words into the Siri “dictionary” so that it recognises when I say my employer’s name?

    • I remember how I did it, I don’t have time to look for it now, but, using Google I was able to find a way to get the correct spelling of a name into a person’s entry in my contact’s List, and whenever I use your name in text it finds it.
      Good luck.

  2. If you want to cap Capgemini, say, “Cap next, Capgemini.” Also, if you say, saying “cap”, is different than saying “caps”. If you allow Siri to access your contacts, this will help to.

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  5. In recent versions of Siri Dictation, the “newline” command no longer works.

    Instead, I’ve worked out that you can create a new line during dictation by saying “nextline”

    The “new paragraph” command still works.

    Recent Siri dictation updates have also changed the rules for adding spaces between successive uses of dictation in a text entry field.

    More frequently it is necessary to employ the “spacebar” command to include a space before or after the text being inserted.

    Thgis is necessary when inserting one or more words with dictation.

    Hope this is of some help

    Tim Noonan

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