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How to enable speech to text dictation on Mac

enable speech to text dictation on Mac

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How cool is it to just talk to your Mac and it will convert everything to text? As a blogger, this is one option that is useful in my profession. I am sure, lot of others will find this useful for variety of reasons.

Apple’s Dictation & Speech is disabled by default. You need to enable it before starting to use.

Enable Apple Dictation & Speech

  • Open System Preferences
  • Click Dictation & Speech
  • Click the Radio button to turn it on.
  • A message will pop up “When you dictate text without Enhanced Dictation, what you say is sent to Apple to be converted to text.”
  • Click Enable Dictation
  • Now open a text editor. Use Fn key twice to enable Dictation & Speech.
  • Now speak to your Mac to start dictating.

Apple Dictation & Speech privacy issue

By default, Apple Dictation & Speech feature used Apple server to convert speech to text.

  • Open System Preferences
  • Click Dictation & Speech
  • Check Use Enhanced Dictation

This force Mac to download speech-to-text translation files to your Mac’s hard drive. Once the download is complete, your Mac is now capable of converting speech to text without going online. You can now be sure your conversation will not go out of your machine.

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