I'm trying to download the offline dictation files but I only see the download window (screenshot) and after a while it disappears and the next time if I want to use dictation the same thing happens.

Is there some cache that I can try to clear so that it would download everything from scratch?

enter image description here


Please follow the instructions to remove a ?.plist file (it will be recreated automagically once you restart the system).

  1. Press these keys simultaneously: shift++G

  2. In the dialog box that appears after step 1, copy and paste the following


  1. Hit return/enter

  2. You will be presented with a ton of files, but you should be able to find the


  1. Move it to the Trash and Empty your Trash

  2. Open Dictation & Speech preference panel and turn off dictation

  3. Restart your computer

  4. Open Dictation & Speech preference panel, turn on dictation

  5. Select Enhanced Dictation

  6. Download should begin and install correctly

I hope this helps.

The file you are downloading is 750 meg, so it might take a while.

  • 1
    Same effect after this procedure. :-( – Krumelur Apr 7 '14 at 7:40

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .