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Turning Dictation on or off; setting Dictation preferences
- Choose Apple () > System Preferences.
- From the View menu, choose Dictation & Speech.
- Click "On" to turn Dictation on.
Using Dictation in an application
To use Dictation in an OS X app, simply follow these steps:
- Select a text field.
- Press the fn (Function) key twice, or choose Edit > Start Dictation.
- Dictate (speak) what you want to have inserted into the text field.
- When finished, click Done or press the fn key again. Your spoken words then appear in the text field.
Your computer listens for up to 30 seconds at a time. If you need to dictate longer sentences, see the Enhanced Dictation section later in this article. The purple input meter indicates how loud your voice is. If it is too low, try moving closer to your microphone or speaking louder.
- If there is no purple color at all, check that your microphone and sound input are set up correctly. See the “Using microphones” section of this article for more information.
- If the purple indicator is continually more than halfway up the microphone icon, then there might be too much background noise, and Dictation may be less accurate.
- If the purple indicator does not move up and down at all, try moving closer to the microphone or speaking louder.
Dictation requires an Internet connection with Mountain Lion
Dictation in Mountain Lion needs an active Internet connection. If you have a proxy server on your network, at your workplace for example, Dictation may appear to have no Internet connection. In rare circumstances, a very slow connection may cause delays between when you speak a word and when it then appears in a text field when finished. To learn what network ports Dictation uses, see, "Well known TCP and UDP ports used by Apple software products."
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