How to Use Dictation on Your MacBook?

If you are suffering from any physical injury or motor impairments, then you may be unable to use your Mac’s keyboard.  However, Mac offers a handy feature that helps you type anything, even without using a keyboard. Dictation is the feature which converts your voice into words using voice-to-text transcribe technology. In this article, you will learn how to use this feature in the hour of need.

Turn On & Use Dictation

If you want to turn on and use dictation on your Mac, you need to follow the instructions given below.

  • To activate the dictation, go to the search bar of your preferred browser.
  • After that, you should double hit the Fn key, then a microphone will come on the screen.
  • Then you have to say the text you would like to type.
  • Also, you can speak out different types of symbols, percentage sign, brackets, and caps lock on or off.
  • When you have completed the dictating, hit the Fn key. You can also click on Done beneath the microphone.

Modify Dictation Language

You can modify the dictation language on your Mac. Here are the instructions given below.

  • First of all, go to the Application folder and select System Preferences.
  • After that, you should click on the Keyboard.
  • Then you have to click on Dictation.
  • Thereafter, you should click on the drop-down near to the Language.
  • Later, you have to click on Add Language.
  • Now, tick the boxes of languages that you would like to add.
  • After that, click on, OK.

Enable & Enhance Dictation

If you want to enable and use dictation on your Mac, you need to follow the instructions given below.

  • Get started by opening System Preferences from the Dock or Application folder.
  • After that, you should click on the Keyboard.
  • Then you have to click on Dictation.
  • Now, tick the box of “Use Enhanced Dictation.”
  • You have to wait for several minutes to download.

Modify Dictation Keyboard Shortcut 

You can modify the dictation keyboard shortcut on your Mac. Here are the instructions given below.

  • To begin with, go to the System Preferences from the Application folder or Dock.
  • After that, you should click on the Keyboard.
  • Then you have to click on Dictation.
  • Thereafter, you should click on drop-down menu near Shortcut.
  • Now, select the option in the list or click on Customize to make your own.

Turn On or Off Dictation Commands

If you want to turn on or off dictation commands on your Mac, you need to follow the instructions given below.

  • First, you have to click on the Apple menu tab on your Mac.
  • After that, you should select the System Preferences from the drop-down menu.
  • Then you have to click on the Accessibility option.
  • Thereafter, you should click on Dictation option from the left pane.
  • Later, click on Dictation Commands.
  • Now, you should tick each box of dictation command you want to.

Turn On Dictation Keyword Phrase

You can turn on dictation keyword phrase on your Mac. Here are the instructions given below.

  • First and foremost go to the Apple menu tab on your Mac.
  • After that, you should choose System Preferences in the drop-down menu.
  • Then you have to click on Accessibility.
  • Thereafter, you should click on Dictation option from the side panel.
  • Later, you have to tick the box of “Enable the dictation keyword phrase.”
  • Now, input a keyword phrase if you would like to modify it from “Computer.”

Turn On Sound When a Command is Recognized

If you want to turn on sound when a command is recognized on your Mac, you need to follow the instructions given below.

  • Go to the Apple menu tab on your Mac.
  • After that, you should click on System Preferences.
  • Then you have to click on the Accessibility option.
  • Thereafter, you should select the Dictation option from the left pane.
  • Now, tick the box of “Play sound when the command is recognized.”

While Dictation Turn On or Off Output Mute

You can turn on or off output mute while dictation on your Mac. Here are the instructions given below.

  • First of all, you have to click on the Apple menu on your Mac.
  • After that, you should select System Preferences.
  • Then you have to click on Accessibility.
  • Later, you should click on the Dictation option from the sidebar.
  • Now, tick the box of “Mute audio output while dictating.”

By following the instructions mentioned in the blog, you will be successfully able to use dictation on your MacBook.

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