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Tip to turn on Dictation

Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:25 pm
by Ray Bentsen
On your iMac or MacBook, press the Fn key twice to turn on dictation, which lets you dictate text wherever you can type it (for example, in Messages, Mail, Pages, and many other apps.

This is an excerpt from the FREE iBook: “MacBook Pro Essentials for MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3.”
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/macboo ... 3620?mt=11

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Re: Tip to turn on Dictation

Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:37 pm
by Stephen Hart
Hmm. Can't make that work in any app I've tried. And if I click the Siri icon and say "Take Dictation," I get the answer "Sorry Stephen, I can't do that."

Re: Tip to turn on Dictation

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:57 am
by Ray Bentsen
For example, when I wanted to start this reply I just pressed the FN key twice, and this is what the screen on my MacBook looked like:

Re: Tip to turn on Dictation

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:14 am
by Ray Bentsen
I just discovered that this works for me because some time in the past I must have turned on Dictation in System Preferences > Keyboard. Sorry about that omission!

There is a lot more info here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203085

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Re: Tip to turn on Dictation

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:38 am
by Stephen Hart
Ah, well, there's my problem. I had dictation turned off. :oops:

I'm testing right now. (That sentence was dictated!)

Note that if you want to use Enhanced Dictation, you need a 1.2 GB download (3 hours for my meagre DSL). Otherwise, the text-to-speech function requires upload to Apple. For that one short sentence, this didn't cause much of a delay.
You can customize the Fn shortcut.
I also found that leaving the audio input on Automatic chose USB, not the internal microphone.