Microsoft Word will soon try to guess what you are typing

Microsoft has improved its Word game on Windows 10 text prediction, bringing something like Google’s predictive text Smart Compose in search and documents to Word documents.

“Word predictions in Word for Windows help users write more efficiently by predicting text quickly, timely, and accurately,” Microsoft said in an update to its Microsoft 365 product roadmap, spotted by Neowin.

A feature like smart composing should be unveiled this month. It works almost the same as Google’s Smart Compose.

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“Just start typing in a Word document or in an Outlook e-mail message and note that predictions start to appear. Press the TAB key to accept the prediction and the ESC key to reject it,” Microsoft said.

Word users can choose to help Microsoft improve its algorithms. In Word or Outlook for Windows, users can right-click the prediction, and then select Text Predictions> Text Prediction Feedback to help Microsoft. On the web version of Word, users can click “Text Predictions: On” in the status bar, then click “Send Feedback.”

The dictation feature for Office in Windows 10 is a different feature and requires a PC with a microphone, Office for Windows 2102 (13616.10000), or a newer and more active Microsoft 365 account.

Microsoft has also expanded voice dictation capabilities for Office users around the world, paying attention to people who speak Hindi, Russian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal), Korean, Thai and Chinese (Taiwan).

There is a new Dictation toolbar that can be accessed by clicking the Dictate button on the Home tab.

“The toolbar gives you access to dictation, with the ability to change settings like language and automatic punctuation,” Microsoft said.

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Windows 10 users should wait for the Dictate button to turn on, then start listening, while giving voice punctuation guidelines, such as “period,” “semicolon,” or “question mark.”

It might be pretty boring to speak in sentences and add punctuation, but at least you have control over the experience.