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How to Switch Off Speech Recognition

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RvdH Calculating status...
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Nov 12, 2011 2:14 AM

I activated speech recognition just to see what it can do and got the round microphone icon in my screen. As I press Esc I can give commands.

I want to get rid of this round thing in my screen though and switch off Speech Recognition completely because I never use it.


I can not find where to switch it off. Who does?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2), Intel i7, 16GB, Radeon 4850 512 M
  • QuickTimeKirk Level 8 Level 8 (47,350 points)
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    Nov 12, 2011 3:50 AM (in response to RvdH)

    System Preferences / System / Speech / Speech Recognition / Speakable Items / Off

  • jdiamond Calculating status...
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    Apr 28, 2012 6:09 PM (in response to RvdH)

    I have Snow Leopard 10.6.8.  This has happened to me many times.  I don't know why the circle surfaces, but the common response is false - in my preferences, Speakable items is set to OFF.  Turning any of the Speech settings on or off does not make the circle window disappear.  The only way I can get rid of it is to reinstall the operating system from scratch (not an update), which is an incredible pain.  I've done this twice to get rid of the circle, and it's back again!  This is clearly a Snow Leopard bug, since all the responses say when you go into preferences you should see that Speakable items is set to ON, and it's NOT. 


    Seriously, if ANYONE knows how it gets in this state, and how to get rid of it when it's not responding to preferences.  Force Quit doesn't see it.  Maybe there's a low level Console way to kill the app - I'd do anything to get rid of that circle...



    GUYS - SNOW LEOPARD USERS!  I SOLVED IT!  I SOLVED IT!  I still don't know what triggers it, but here's how you get rid of it without a reinstall:


    1) Launch Activity Monitor in flat mode

    2) Look for a running task called something like SpeechRecognitionServer and select it.

    3) Hit the Quit Process button on the upper left!


    Voila, that annoying circle is gone!!! 



    - Jeff


    P. S. I just noticed that this bug still wasn't solved in Lion, so hopefully my solution will help Lion users as well.  This bug definitely didn't exist in Leopard.

  • demicrown Calculating status...
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    Nov 19, 2012 11:23 AM (in response to jdiamond)

    Thanks for posting this. The circle was driving me nuts!

  • mokadesign Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 16, 2013 10:07 PM (in response to jdiamond)

    Awesome! Thanks Jdiamond, I'm new to Mac and I have no idea how that bubble appeared. I tried everything and nothing would get rid of it. It's now gone! I have version 10.8.2

  • Mrbelding76 Calculating status...
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    Jan 28, 2013 12:37 PM (in response to jdiamond)

    Brilliant..finally got it to freakin' go away. Thanks jdiamond for the heads up!

  • awhite000 Calculating status...
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    Feb 22, 2013 9:54 AM (in response to RvdH)

    open activity moniter and end the speech servers processes

  • Brelovewilson Calculating status...
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    Sep 10, 2013 12:30 AM (in response to RvdH)

    Thanks for posting how to resolve the issue QuickTimeKirk!

  • raffaelegr Calculating status...
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    Dec 28, 2013 5:44 AM (in response to RvdH)

    Hi all,


    i had the same problem, followed jdiamond's solution and it worked.


    Unfortunately at the next re-start of the macbook, the icon reappeared. Now I just went through the process via activity monitoring again and it disappeared again. I hope this time it will not appear again after restart.


    Did anyone experience the same thing? Did anyone find a "final" solution?




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