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July 30, 2012

How to use Dictation in Mac OS X Mountain Lion


So you have played with Siri voice assistant on your iPhone. Did you find it useful? If so you may want to set up Dictation on your newly installed version of OS X. It is unsurprising that Apple choose to add a voice assistant into Mac OS X with the popularity it has gained over the last year. So lets get it set up.

Dictation is built in to the OS so to enable it you will want to go to System Preferences and select ‘Dictation and Speech’. While you are in this menu  you can turn it on and off and select the HotKey (Key you want to use to launch it). It is set to launch by default to a double press of the Fn key, but can be changed to whatever you feel like.


Once you have enabled it launch it with the HotKey you choose and have a play. You can now dictate till your hearts content no matter what you are doing within the system.

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