Siri Dictation Guide

Below is a visual guide to the most popular dictation Siri shortcuts, ideal if you want to use text dictation on your iPhone. If you’ve used any sort of voice recognition software before a lot of these will be familiar.

Popular Siri Commands

Command Action Before After
New line Move to the next line
New paragraph Start a new paragraph
Cap Capitalise the next word I like 'cap' sunshine I like Sunshine
Caps on ... caps off Capitalise a section of text 'caps on' twenty types of flower 'caps off' 20 Types of Flower
All caps Make the next word all uppercase I 'all caps' love summer I LOVE summer
All caps on ... all caps off Make part of what you say uppercase I 'all caps on' love summer 'all caps off' I LOVE SUMMER
No caps Make the next word lowercase I like 'no caps' Capitals I like capitals
No caps on ... no caps off Make sure part of what you say is all lowercase We like the cities 'no caps' London and Sydney 'no caps off' the most We like the cities london and sydney the most
Space bar Prevent a hyphen from appearing in a normally hyphenated word
No space Prevent a space between words
No space on ... no space off Prevent a section of text from having spaces between words
"Period" or "full stop" Place a "." at the end of a sentence
Dot . The number pi is three 'dot' one four The number pi is 3.14
Point . The 'point' number pi is three 'point' one four The point number pi 3.14 (note the subtle difference between saying 'point' and 'dot' dot works between words)
"Ellipsis" or "dot dot dot" ...
Comma ,
Double comma ,,
"Quote" or "quotation mark" "
"Quote ... end quote" or "quote ... close quote" Place quotes around a section of text She said 'quote' see you next week 'end quote' She said "see you next week"
Apostrophe '
Exclamation point !
Inverted exclamation point ¡
Question mark ?
Inverted question mark ¿
Ampersand &
Asterisk *
Open parenthesis or 'left paren'* (
Close parenthesis or 'right paren'* )
Open bracket [
Close bracket ]
Open brace {
Close brace }
Dash - This dash is dash my dash cheese This - is - my - cheese (note the difference in spacing between this and when saying hyphen)
Hyphen - This 'hyphen' is 'hyphen' my 'hyphen' cheese This-is-my-cheese (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. 'e g' when you learn to ride a bike E.G. when you learn to ride a bike
i.e. (pronounced as "i e") i.e. 'i e' when you learn to ride a bike I.e. when you learn to ride a bike