10 Replies Latest reply: Dec 28, 2013 8:14 AM by mende1
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I've had my iMac for 2 years now and only just found out that it supposedly has a dictation facility!  I use dictation on my iPad a lot, but can't get anything to happen on my iMac.  I've followed instructions to the letter but nothing happens. I have OS X Lion 10.7.5 (11G63)


I want to dictate things into a Word document to save me typing.  Or even into an email would be better than nothing.

I've gone to the apple and chosen System Preferences.

I don't have 'Speech and Dictation' - I just have 'Speech'.

I have a speech recognition tab there, I've turned 'speakable items' on, and calibrated.

I can get the circle to light up with green bars when I speak, but nothing else happens. (Pressing the Exc key, not by pressing the fn key)

If I speak one of the pre-set sentences from the long list, such as 'What day is it?' absolutely nothing happens.


Am I to presume that mine doesn't do dication?


Thanks for any help or guidance.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3), Trackpad