How to Activate Dictation on Mac PCs

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The Dictation feature on your Mac converts the spoken words to text. Using this feature, you can dictate the words and your computer will type what you speak. Further, you can use the commands to type the punctuations and also create your own commands. With the enhanced dictation, you can use additional commands like bold, italics, underline, copy, delete, and undo. Though the Dictation feature is built-in, it is disabled by default. If you want to use the Dictation feature on your document, you need to activate it on your Mac PCs.

Though the Dictation is similar to Siri, there are a lot of differences. Siri is a personal voice assistant with whom you can say commands and get things done. Whereas, Dictation is a feature where you can say words to type them in a document.

How to Activate Dictation on Mac

1. Click the Apple icon on the top-left toolbar.

2. Select System Preferences.

3. Click the Keyboard tile under the System Preferences section.

click keyboard to activate dictation on Mac

4. Next, tap Dictation on the Keyboard dialog box.

5. Select the On option next to Dictation and click the Use Enhanced Dictation check box.

select On to activate Dictation on Mac

Note: You can enable enhanced dictation on the Mac with OS X Mavericks v10.9 or later.

6. Choose the language and create the desired shortcut.

How to Use Dictate on Mac

1. First, open a document on your Mac PC.

2. Locate the cursor in the location for your dictation.

3. Next, enter the provided shortcut key to trigger the Dictation feature. Or click the Edit button and tap the Start Dictation button.

4. Start dictating the words. It will appear on your PC screen.

5. Make sure to tell the important punctuation loud otherwise, you will end up with a long sentence.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How to enable dictation on Apple Watch?

Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch and select General under Settings. Scroll down and select Dictation under General. Finally, swipe the toggle next to Dictation to enable dictation on Apple Watch.

2. How to turn off Dictation on Mac?

Navigate to System Preferences and select Keyboard. Tap the Dictation tab and click the radio button next to the Off option to turn off Dictation on Mac.

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