How to Enable and Use Dictation on OS X Mountain Lion

Do you want to enable dictation on Mountain Lion 10.8+ which is a built-in feature out of 200+ exciting new features of this version of Mac OS? Then guide below will let you people learn the process to enable dictation which is by default disabled on Mac OS X Mountain Lion, so continue reading after the break.

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Enable and Use Dictation on Mac OS X Mountain Lion

Step-1

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Click Apple menu > “System Preferences”
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Step-2

Under “System” section click on “Dictation&Speech”
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Step-3

Click on “Dictation” tab
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Step-4

Click on “ON” radio button followed by Dictation
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A dialog box will open where you have to click “Enable Dictation” button to proceed
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Step-5

Click on drop down menu beneath microphone icon to select an audio input, as we have selected “Internal microphone” of MacBook

You can also select a Shortcut from the drop down list to start a dictation and use drop down followed by “Language” to select your preferred language for dictation on the same screen

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Dictation is enabled now, which you can activate in any text field or text application with its shortcut key or navigating through “Edit” > “Start Dictation” from the opened text application menu, and it will appear as a microphone icon with a “Done” button on it.

Remember to click on “Done” button when you finish speaking, the limit is 30 seconds. Meanwhile animated dots will appear on dictation icon which is a symbol that your voice input is transcribed and it will appear as a text after processing.

Suppose your dictation text will appear like following image if you speak like this while you have activated Dictation.

This is trickyways period com period

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Note: This is important to remember that Mountain Lion dictation feature does not have support to correct grammer or punctuation. So, if you want to place a period, comma, dash, exclamation point or other stuff like that in your text, then you have to speak it as well.

You can check out a detailed list of Dictation commands for Mountain Lion at Apple’s Official page.

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