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Voice dictation is the ability to interpret human speech and transcribe it into text for use in applications.

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Use Google speech to text instead of Apple's

Google currently has much higher quality speech transcription. You can try it easily by going to doc.new and pressing Cmd-Shift-S and talking. Compare to using the built in system from Apple (pressing ...
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How to turn off the dictation beep on macOS Catalina?

Before Catalina there was an option to turn off the sound. Now that is gone. And the trick to remove the sound file does not work with Catalina SiP. Are there any sane way to get rid of that beeping ...
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Can't find where Voice Control is located on the computer

I upgraded to Catalina and I'm using Voice Control, but it will not work in non-Apple software. I wanted to try giving "Full Disk Access" in Security & Privacy hoping it might work. I have the ...
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How do I add new words and pronunciations to apple dictation?

I am a mathematician, and I am also dyslexic. I am trying to use the dictation software (not voice over) on my MacBook pro to write documents. I want to teach it certain pronunciations of words for ...
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Can the iPad magic keyboard start dictation with a shortcut command?

I want a physical keyboard shortcut to enable dictation on iPadOS. I have two iPads Pro - one with the smart folio physical keyboard and another with the magic keyboard. Ideally without moving my ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut for enabling dictation on iPad?

I‘m using an iPad Pro 10.5 iPadOS 13.5 and a Slim Combo keyboard case. I use dictation a lot. Is there a keyboard shortcut for that? Right now I have to toggle the default on-screen keyboard and touch ...
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Is there a way to make Dictation the default type-in method instead of the Keyboard (iPhone)?

Each time we want to use the dictation option (on an iPhone at least), we need to click on the microphone button on the keyboard Is there a way to automatically use dictation when we want to type-in ...
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Stop macOS muting while using dictation

When I use dictation on my MacBook Pro 2015 w/ Retina Display, running macOS Catalina 10.15.2, the system-wide audio all mutes while dictation is listening. How do I prevent this? This answer from ...
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How do I get the microphone to remain on while dictating?

I have a Macbook pro with Catalina. When I dictate and then pause, the microphone goes off and I have to push the fn key twice to get it to turn back on. With Dragon speak, you can say Microphone on, ...
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Dragon Dictate 5 on Mojave

This is a bit of a long shot since it's about older, unsupported software. I have two computers, an iMac and a MacBook Pro, and both are running OS X 10.14 (Mojave). I'm trying to use Dragon Dictate ...
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Dictation under macOS Catalina not working with display microphone

I have this very strange problem that dictation is not working on my laptop when its lid is closed and it is connected to an external monitor (Cinema display). It does work fine when I use the laptop ...
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Map right option twice to dictation

In System Preferences > Keyboard > Dictation, I've mapped right cmd twice to dictation. How can I keybind two right-option (alt) presses instead?
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Prevent dictation from muting audio on Catalina

When I start dictation (keybound to two right commands) all audio I am listening gets muted. How do I stop that? I would like all audio to keep playing. This answer doesn't work for me on macOS 10....
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iPhone dictation character appended: 

Whenever I send a message on GroupMe from my iPhone and I use dictation, I always find this character at the end of my message when I open it on a Windows or on my Android: . It only shows up on non-...
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I cannot add custom words to my Voice Control Vocabulary

I have downloaded Apple Catalina, and I have in enabled Voice control, but the vocabulary option is greyed out. I have the English(Australian) language chosen. How do I enable the vocabulary options ...
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Trying to set a F8 pause/play dictation command

So I'm what one would describe as ridiculously disabled. I've recently taken a liking to using the dictation functionality due to only having the use of one hand and often having to lie on my back. I'...
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Is there a good email app with text-to-speech for iPhone?

I cannot read small text due to eyesight deterioration and want an app that can read email out loud. Is there anything good that has text to speech and possibly also dictation of emails?
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iPhone 6 - Dictation mispelled

When using dictation, I can't make it spell my wife's first and our last names correctly. I have tried entering phonetic & pronunciation fields, to no avail. Wife's name is Rindy, but dictation ...
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Multi-language dictation in Catalina

Catalina took away my ability to dictate in more than one language. Is there a way to restore that?
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Will Catalina always do Dictation online when possible?

It looks like Catalina has removed "Enhanced Dictation."  If I try to turn on Dictation now, I get a pop-up saying (unlike the one in the link) that if I turn on Dictation, my audio will be sent to ...
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Siri suggesting contacts for Calendar scheduling how to turn this off?

Let's say I schedule an event using Siri for tomorrow. I say "Hey Siri schedule coffee tomorrow with Michael at 9 am." Siri will ask me which of the 9 Michael-s in my phonebook do I want to schedule ...
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Can iOS dictation be made to stick to a single language?

I'm using the dictation feature in iOS a fair bit, and as a multilingual speaker I do so in several languages. However, one very annoying feature (and I believe it to be recent) is that it will ...
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Dictation bug: variations of 'catch' appear without being spoken anything

Strangely, on my iPhone 11 with latest iOS 13 updates, an annoying bug has crept in. If i use dictation, which I do all day, the word “catch” or variations of it will pop into the message. Frequently ...
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Tabbing through an iframe with Voiceover

I'm a web developer and I am trying to audit an iframe that we are loading into our page, so I can feedback to the team that created the content inside the iframe about any accessibility points that ...
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Dictation single button shortcuts

So to start off I'm ridiculously disabled. Can only use one hand (among many other things). Have started experimenting with the dictation accessibility functionality. So far its mostly in the form of ...
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iOS dictation duplicated

My wife and I both run into a problem with some regularity on our iOS phones where the dictation (via the microphone button off stock iOS keyboard) will get duplicated. Often we dictate 10-25 words ...
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Is it possible to choose which language to use when I type by speaking?

I want to enable dictation, but on multiple languages. Sometimes I speak Chinese to type in, sometimes use Japanese, etc... Is it possible to decide which language to speak, when I type in the text? ...
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How do you say “numeral” in french for Siri to get numbers right?

In english you would say "Hey Siri, Play Led Zeppelin *numeral* 4" in order for Siri to detect that 4 is a number rather that a word like "for". Do you know the keyword that replaces "numeral" when ...
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Disable dictation from command line

Is it possible to disable dictation from the command line, so that macOS never asks again if I want to enable it? I know that many such things can be done using defaults write but couldn't find the ...
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Dictating spelled numbers in English and other languages

Is there a way to have iOS voice dictation spell out numbers? I mean speaking 145 and having it write "one hundred forty five"; this would be useful in English and other languages. Although it’s not ...
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What's a shorter alternative to Press The Key Combo [modifiers] [keyname] in DragonDictate 5?

I use DragonDictate 5 on Mac OS X 10.10. Whenever I want to send a keyboard shortcut that comprises to keys, e.g. Command + C, I have to say press the key combo command C. Is there any shorter ...
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How can I change the volume level of the dictation sound in iOS?

In iOS 12, the system make a sound when you start and stop dictating. This sound is very loud and I cannot find a way to change the volume. "Problem 1", here describes the issue, too. In older ...
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Dictation workflows don't activate keypress

I'm unable to get Dictation to run the keypress portion of a workflow. I've tried recording a keystroke in Automator, and manually writing an AppleScript (with both key code and keystroke commands); ...
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Siri spells my child’s name wrong in texts

Siri spells my child’s name wrong in texts. I tried all the suggestions given on here and it didn’t work. Added the field ‘phonetic spelling’ and spelled it the way Siri is spelling it. Then added the ...
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I can't get dictation to work on my iMac

I have an iMac computer running High Sierra. I want to use the dictation capability but I can't get this to work. I have tried turning dictation off and then back on but that doesn't work. I googled ...
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Correcting errors made by dictation on OS X

I have been using OS X dictation for a while, it strikes me how incredibly inaccurate it is. It also does not seem to come with a mechanism for easily correcting errors. How can I correct the errors ...
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How do I get my iPhone to type the word “Period” instead of the punctuation while dictating?

I love using my iPhone to dictate long emails, first drafts of documents, and such. It does such an amazing job and I can capture my thoughts quickly. Unfortunately, a lot of the work I do is ...
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What is the command I say to make the curser 'Return' while in Notes using dictation?

What is the command I can say when I am using dictation in Notes that is the same as pressing the Return key? For example if I want to make a list or just create a new line for a new sentence?
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Chess app no longer recognises voice commands in macOS Mojave

I have tried everything I can think of, I have Enhanced dictation on, I have tried turning it off and deleting the speech recognition file from /System/Library/Speech/Recognizers/...
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Keyboard shortcut for “Show numbers” dictation command

I have difficulty using mice for a significant period of time due to hand problems, and especially have difficulty with clicking. I try my best to use the keyboard when possible, but switching between ...
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How do I use dictation paste with applescript?

I am trying to make dictation code snippets/templates with applescript because I want to add multi language functionality and toggle between languages to change syntax. What's the programmatic way of ...
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Why macOS dictation commands (select sentence, etc.) doesn't work with Microsoft Office for Mac?

Dictation and dictation commands work fine for all other applications. However, when I try to use them in Microsoft Word or OneNote the literal text like select sentence is typed out, rather than the ...
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Dictated input in OSX is underlined with Blue dots [duplicate]

Dictation provides a great way of entering text. However, the documentation I found so far is scarce, and for instance I do not know what the blue dots underlying some parts of the text: For instance,...
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Does Siri get better if I use it more?

There are a number of post on the internet arguing that Siri might be better if Apple would not value privacy so much. Other say that this is not necessarily true.1,2 Assuming, that apple does ...
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iPad Air 2 microphone not working since iOS 11 update

Is it a common problem for iPad Air 2 microphone to not work? My method of communication is dictation, so the microphone is critical. It works on my synced iPhone 6.
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Does macOS treat input from voice dictation the same as it would from a keyboard?

I have a lot of typing that I need to do and would like to use voice dictation. However, it doesn't seem to "type" consistently across applications. I've had success with the feature on a few native ...
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Using dictation to transcribe audio files in batch?

I have lots of audio files that I want transcribed. Dictation is the best transcriber I have found that will run on my MacBook (there exist others like PocketSphinx but this is no where near as ...
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Press enter button using Dictation on Mac

Is it possible to use macOS dictation to press the enter button (I want to select an item not start a new line)? Is it possible to press the command or function buttons using dictation?
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Using dictation feature to paste text into Terminal

With user-created dictation commands, it's possible to paste text into an application. I tried creating a voice command that would paste in a text command into Terminal. However, nothing gets pasted. ...
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Dictation and Emoji not working

I am using OS X El Captain 10.11.6 (French edition). For unknown reason, the function Start Dictation (Démarrer la dictée) et Emojis and Symbols (Emoji et Symboles) don't work anymore. I followed ...