When my laptop is closed at home and I am using a PC keyboard, I cannot access Start Dictation with "fn fn" because there's no fn key on my keyboard. How can I get a keyboard shortcut for this?

I tried setting up Karabiner but was unsuccessful. Instructions appreciated. Could have shift-lock or F9 for my fn key.

Or is there a way to change the keyboard shortcut for this to something else?

I'm on El Capitan (10.11.3). Thanks.

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You should be able to easily change the shortcut for Dictation from the Dictation preference pane in System Preferences.

Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Dictation & Speech. Turn on Dictation, then choose from these Dictation options:

Choose the keyboard shortcut you will use to signal that you're ready to start dictating.


  • Perfect! I didn't know there were dictation preferences. Thanks :)
    – mowliv
    Apr 16, 2016 at 0:45

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