Controlling Your Mac With Dictation

You can do more with Mac dictation than just typing text. You can use commands to control your Mac. You can select menu items, interface buttons and move between fields in the interface. In this example, I'll start, address, compose and send an email message without even touching the keyboard or mouse.

Comments: 11 Responses to “Controlling Your Mac With Dictation”

    tim
    1 year ago

    i tried show commands microphone reacted but nothing else happened

    1 year ago

    tim: Do you have enhanced dictation turned on? Which version of macOS?

    tim
    1 year ago

    yes i did get it to work but i didn’t have the same commands like i didn’t have applications and when i clicked a command the commands dissappeared and i had to close everything and open mail backup to get it to appear again. i have macos high sierra.

    Peter Dhondt
    1 year ago

    Same here, latest os update , all commands after “system” don’t appear in the commands list. Same issue on Sierra. Have you something forgotten to tell us ?
    Tried an English and a dutch configuration, same result. Also speech only works with a new document open, not a received one.

    1 year ago

    Peter & Tim: Keep in mind that the commands you see depend on the app that is currently frontmost (shows next to the Apple menu in the menu bar). Also, note that there is a reveal triangle to the left of each category, maybe Application and Document simply are “collapsed” and need to be “expanded.” Or, do Application and Document not even appear for you?

    tim
    1 year ago

    yes application and document don’t appear so i went to my imac and i couldn’t get anything when i hit fn key twice i didn’t even hear a noise like i did on my macbook.

    Michael Alexander
    1 year ago

    Even after having to download (1.2GB) enhance dictation it did not work. I do not get a list of commands after hitting the “fn” key twice.
    I have HighSierra v 10.13.4; it did not work as I followed your video, including making sure my system preferences were correct.

    1 year ago

    Michael: Did you speak “Show Commands?”

    George Kovach
    1 year ago

    I have the same configuration and same problem as Michael. This application should help me as I have fading eyesight.

    Donna Brooks
    11 months ago

    Same issue for me. I turned on Dictation + Enhanced Dictation, and set the trigger to be tapping the right Command key twice. The mic shows my voice is registering, but nothing happens when I say, “Show commands.” I tried a half dozen times with the Finder as the frontmost app. High Sierra 10.13.6

    Peter
    11 months ago

    Solved the problem. Still wonder why you did not mention this in the video or didn’t you now it yourself ? Anyway, open accessibility in system preferences , click dictation , click dictation commands and tick “enable advanced commands”. Now all the commands appear, even application and document.

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