Using Voice-In Chrome Extension on PDF documents


PDF is one of the most popular file formats on the web. Unfortunately, typing in PDFs can be slow and tedious, especially if you have long documents. Voice typing can help speed up the process by allowing you to dictate your notes instead of typing them out yourself. In this blog post, we'll show you how to use voice typing with PDFs on the Chrome browser. Let's get started!

By default, Chrome opens the pdf document in Chrome PDF viewer. Chrome extensions do not work in Chrome PDF viewer. So, Voice In Chrome extension can not be used in Chrome PDF viewer.

To use Voice-In Chrome Extension on PDF documents:

  • Identify the document you would like to edit: First, identify the document you would like to edit/add text to.
  • Download your document: Download your pdf document to your desktop.
  • Open Web Viewer PDF website: Open Web PDF Viewer in your chrome browser.

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  • Upload: Click on the upload icon and choose the PDF document you would like to upload to the Web Viewer PDF.

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  • Dictate: Place your cursor in the box of your choice. Click on Voice In (microphone) icon in the address bar and start dictating.
    • Note: When the Voice In Icon in the address bar is RED in color it indicates that Voice In is active and can recognize your voice. If the Voice In Icon is grey in color, Voice In is inactive. Please make sure the icon is red in color before you start dictating.

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  • Switch between text boxes: You can switch between different text boxes using 2 methods:
    • Mouse: Place your cursor in the text box of your choice and left-click on your mouse. Start dictating to insert text in the box.
    • Tab: You can click on the “tab” button on your keyboard to move the adjacent textbox. Start dictating to insert text in the box.

This article was written by Anil Shanbhag, Voice In's founder. Voice In lets you use your voice to type on 1000s on websites, including Gmail, ChatGPT, Google Docs, Notion, etc.