Don't Type... Speak!

For those who use an iPhone, you know (and hopefully use) Siri. It’s a great technology for adding reminders, creating notes, getting directions, reviewing your schedule, checking the game scores, and much more. One of the great things about Siri is that you can speak to her like a real human being, using real English (or German or French or...).

Although Mac OS X doesn’t quite have Siri (yet!), Mountain Lion does have Siri-like functionality in a feature called “Dictation”. Dictation allows you to simply speak your mind. When you’re done, Dictation quickly turns your words into text (an Internet connection is required for Dictation to work). I’ve been using it for a while now, and it’s amazingly accurate, especially if you’re in a relatively quiet environment (the new microphone system in the MacBook Pro with Retina certainly helps with that).

Here’s how it works...

To begin dictation, just press the “Fn” key two times in quick succession.


You will immediately hear an audible beep and see the following:

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This is your cue that you may begin speaking. When you’re done, simply press the “Fn” key one more time (or click “Done”). You will here another audible beep, and then your text will magically appear.

Posted on May 4, 2013 and filed under How To, Mac.