The new Office apps have a lot of cool new features. Being able to dictate your voice right in the Word application could be a dream that comes true to many people. And what’s even better, it’s available there not just for English speakers but for many other languages as well.
But what if you already have the voice recorded memo and would like to transcribe it without listening and typing them out like the old way?
The bad news is that the desktop version of Word doesn’t have this feature out of the box unless you are interested in the 3rd party products like Dragon Speech Recognition.
But here is the good news if you are an Office 365 subscriber. The transcribe feature is right there available on the web version of Word.
Open up a new word document in Word (office.com), click the Dictation dropdown arrow and choose Transcribe.
A sidebar pane slides out where you can upload your voice memo or start recording a new one. The transcribe starts right after the file is uploaded.
The result of the transcribing is amazingly accurate. And you can use the controls at the top of the Transcribe pane to playback your audio file. The relevant transcript section highlights as it plays, as a way for you to verify the accuracy of the result.
If you have a recorded Zoom video, you can extract the audio track and upload the audio track to get the transcript without typing them out. The best part of it, it identifies the different speakers for you with the proper timestamp labeled for them.