SayIt Dictation
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SayIt Dictation

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Dictation is the action of speaking words to be transcribed by the voice client.


Shortcuts-Only users do not have access to the dictation feature.


How to Dictate with SayIt

  1. Place your cursor in your application where you want your text to appear.
  2. Press and hold the dictation button or hotkey while you say the words you want transcribed. Pay attention to the audio meter, which is an indicator that the voice client is recording.

Choose one of these methods:

  • In the Voice Client Window: Press and hold the MICROPHONE button


  • On  your Keyboard: Press and hold the F2 key (by default) or look in the status bar at the bottom right of the voice client window to see which key is assigned for you. 
  • On your Hand-Held Microphone: Press and hold the RECORD BUTTON or SLIDER
  1. Release the button or hotkey when you are done speaking. Your transcript appears where your cursor was placed.


Medical dictations are formatted per the AHDI (Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity) style guide, and therefore contractions are not transcribed. For example, "can't" will return in a dictation transcript as "cannot". 

In order to protect our resources, we limit the number of operations or job requests (including HTTP dictation, Fast dictation, or profile management) that can be processed by our dictation server simultaneously for a single user. Depending on the situation, the count can increase by one when two jobs are pulled at the same time. If one of those requests is an HTTP dictation, the job will be queued; if it is a Fast dictation, the user will get an error (503 service is unavailable).



Listen to Your Last Recording

Sometimes a transcript returns text that is not what you said. Listen to your transcript to make sure that you have good quality audio.

Click the Listen button.


An inaccurate transcript may mean:

  • There may be a problem with your audio equipment. Check your microphone and hardware connections. 
  • Your microphone may not be positioned correctly. Keep a headset microphone approximately 2-3 fingers below your mouth, and a handheld microphone should be held about chest high. If your microphone is too close the recording will include hisses and breathing noises, making it harder to provide an accurate transcript. Placing the microphone directly in front of your mouth will lead to "P-pops" (also called a "plosive" which happens when a blast of air hits the microphone). If the microphone is too far away, it will pick up background noise.
  • Your microphone may not work for nVoq dictation. Use a microphone that is supported by nVoq, but be sure to test any microphone you use to make sure you get acceptable dictation accuracy.
  • The dictation engine may not know some of the words you are saying. You may be able to improve accuracy by adding unknown words to your dictionary using My Vocabulary.