Use Dictation instead of typing

Updated June 7th, 2019.

Did you know your Mac can do dictation? Starting with OS 10.8, it can. Go to the Apple menu, then System Preferences, then Dictation & Speech. The directions are right there in the preference pane. See below.

Dictation & Speech preference pane
Dictation & Speech preference pane

You can dictate in just about any program that lets you type: Mail, Word, Pages, Safari (try searching Google by saying what you want to search for). If you’re a lousy typist the Dictation feature is your dream come true. Even if you’re a great typist Dictation is a real asset. Try try try it!

Hint: tap the shortcut key twice to make the Mac start listening. Tap it ONCE to make it stop, when you’re done talking.

This is a LOT like the iPhone’s dictation feature and it works just as well. Read about that on my iPhone in a Minute blog by clicking here.

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