8 Ways to Use Dictation on Mac - MakeSureHow
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Eight Methods:How to enable and use DictationHow to enable and use Enhanced DictationHow to change the Dictation keyboard shortcutWith Enhanced Dictation enabledHow to enable/disable Dictation CommandsHow to enable the dictation keyword phraseHow to enable a sound when a command is recognizedHow to enable/disable output mute during dictation

When you have flexibility or motor impairments, recurring pressure accidents, or perhaps you find typing on the keyboard hard by any means, there's an alternate. Dictation allows you to talk as an alternative of type, as well as voice-to-text transcribes whatever you say into words and phrases on the screen. It's one of the accessibility features on Mac. All that you need to do is push the button and get going.Here's how!

EditMethod 1 of 8: How to enable and use Dictation

  1. 1
    Click into a text area like a Word document or the address bar of your web browser.
  2. 2
    Double-press the Fn key. A microphone will appear on your screen and if it's receiving audio, you'll see activity inside of it.
  3. 3
    Speak the text you want to type. You can speak various punctuation and symbols, including brackets, percent signs, and more. You can also say phrases like "caps on" to turn on capital letters.
  4. 4
    Click Done under the microphone icon or press the Fn key once when you're finished dictating.

EditMethod 2 of 8: How to enable and use Enhanced Dictation

  1. 1
    Click the Apple menu button () on the top left of your screen.
  2. 2
    Click System Preferences.
  3. 3
    Click Accessibility.
  4. 4
    Click Dictation in the menu on the left. You'll have to scroll down a bit to find it.
  5. 5
    Click Open Dictation Preferences…
  6. 6
    Click the checkbox next to Use Enhanced Dictation. Enhanced Dictation will take several minutes to download if you haven't done so already.

EditMethod 3 of 8: How to change the Dictation keyboard shortcut

  1. 1
    Click the Apple menu button () on the top left of your screen.
  2. 2
    Click System Preferences.
  3. 3
    Click Accessibility.
  4. 4
    Click Dictation in the menu on the left. You'll have to scroll down a bit to find it.
  5. 5
    Click Open Dictation Preferences
  6. 6
    Click the dropdown menu next to Shortcut.
  7. 7
    Click an option in the list or click Customize to create your own (seems like only the arrow keys work).

EditMethod 4 of 8: With Enhanced Dictation enabled

  1. 1
    Click the Apple menu button () on the top left of your screen.
  2. 2
    Click System Preferences.
  3. 3
    Click Accessibility.
  4. 4
    Click Keyboard in the menu on the left. You'll have to scroll down a bit to find it.
  5. 5
    Click Open Keyboard Preferences.
  6. 6
    Click the Dictation tab if it's not there already.
  7. 7
    Click the dropdown menu next to Shortcut.
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    Click an option in the list or click Customize to create your own (seems like only the arrow keys work).

EditMethod 5 of 8: How to enable/disable Dictation Commands

  1. 1
    Click the Apple menu button () on the top left of your screen.
  2. 2
    Click System Preferences.
  3. 3
    Click Accessibility.
  4. 4
    Click Dictation in the menu on the left. You'll have to scroll down a bit to find it.
  5. 5
    Click Dictation Commands
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    Click the checkbox next to each dictation command you'd like to disable. They're all enabled by default.
  7. 7
    Click Done in the bottom right corner of the window.

EditMethod 6 of 8: How to enable the dictation keyword phrase

  1. 1
    Click the Apple menu button () on the top left of your screen.
  2. 2
    Click System Preferences.
  3. 3
    Click Accessibility.
  4. 4
    Click Dictation in the menu on the left. You'll have to scroll down a bit to find it.
  5. 5
    Click the checkbox next to Enable the dictation keyword phrase.
  6. 6
    Enter a keyword phrase if you want to change it from "Computer". (But if you leave it as "Computer", you sound like the captain of a spaceship!)

EditMethod 7 of 8: How to enable a sound when a command is recognized

  1. 1
    Click the Apple menu button () on the top left of your screen.
  2. 2
    Click System Preferences.
  3. 3
    Click Accessibility.
  4. 4
    Click Dictation in the menu on the left. You'll have to scroll down a bit to find it.
  5. 5
    Click the checkbox next to Play sound when command is recognized.

EditMethod 8 of 8: How to enable/disable output mute during dictation

  1. 1
    Click the Apple menu button () on the top left of your screen.
  2. 2
    Click System Preferences.
  3. 3
    Click Accessibility.
  4. 4
    Click Dictation in the menu on the left. You'll have to scroll down a bit to find it.
  5. 5
    Click the checkbox next to Mute audio output while dictating.

EditTips

  • The more you use Dictation the more it understands the way you talk, like your feature and pedal rotation. It may seem picky at first, but as you use it more, it'll get better and better.

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