5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 6, 2014 5:22 PM by johnnygun
johnnygun Level 1 Level 1

Is there a shortcut to turn dictation off?  It works great but it is a huge memory hog (1GB), so it would be great to have a shortcut to turn it off, like the shortcut to turn it on?  I am have been looking everywhere with no luck.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9.1)
  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7

    see System Preferences->Dictation & Speech


    The shortcut key will toogle dictation on and off.

  • johnnygun Level 1 Level 1

    That shortcut will turn the microphone on and off.  I'm looking for shortcut to disable dictation altogether. The reason being, it utilizes so much memory it really slows down my laptop.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7

    On my system it takes up 8.5 mb according to Activity Monitor, that's not the enhanced version.


    Additionally if the program is not active and Mavericks needs the memory for something else it will use its memory. So I  don;t see it being a problem if it is inactive.


    But to answer your original question, no there is no shortcut to turning it on and off, at least that I can find. Seems to have to go through the Preference Pane. You could probably cobble together an Applescript to manipulate the GUI to do what you want.



  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7

    If all you want is a shortcut to turn off dictation this Applescript


    tell application "System Preferences"


              set current pane to pane id "com.apple.preference.speech"

              tell application "System Events"

                        tell process "System Preferences"


                                  tell radio button "off" of radio group 1 of tab group 1 of window 1


                                  end tell


                        end tell

              end tell

    end tell

    will do that. You could save it as an App and assign a shortcut to it.


    Turning it on is a bit more complicated unless you have enhanced on already.

  • johnnygun Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you very much. That may be over my head but I'll give it a shot.


    FYI, Turning it on works if the shortcut is set up.  Even if the preferences set to off,  if you hit the shortcut it will prompt you to enable it, and turn dictation on.