Create Dictation Commands On Your Mac

You can create scripts in Automator that can then be assigned to dictation commands. Once you have set things up, you can speak the command and your computer will execute the Automator script. In this example, I show you how to instantly bring up pictures of cats whenever you need some stress relief.

Comments: 9 Responses to “Create Dictation Commands On Your Mac”

    8 years ago

    So simple - my very first use of automator and dictation. Thanks for encouraging a novice and raising a smile. Now to try it out with serious work stuff.

    Paul Robinson
    8 years ago


    What was especially impressive is how clear the instructions were. The step-by-step guide is easy to follow, you covered the extra things that one needs to make sure are on, and your speaking voice was clear, well enunciated, and at a comfortable pace! (Far too many video speakers are rushed, breathless, hard to follow, and hard to listen to! Kudos!)

    Robert B. Storch
    8 years ago

    Thank you, as always for your greats tips. Question: I created a Command to show me "xyz" URL, which works well, but when I created a 2nd URL Command to show me "123" but it did not work. Does that mean you can only have one 'Show Me.." a URL command?

    8 years ago

    Robert: You can do as many as you like, as long as they have different names. "Show me" was just wording I picked -- you can do anything like "load website" or "I want to see the site" or whatever. "show me A" and "show me B" should be fine as two different commands.

    John Melito
    8 years ago

    Great tool, fun to use! I'm like a kid in a candy store! Thanks for this Christmas present and all you do to help us novices!

    8 years ago

    Awesome! I've learned alot from you Gary, since I bought my first mac back in 2008 and still learn more and more everyday. Please make a donation page or a Patreon account or atleast show us a way to support you. TYVM.

    8 years ago

    Nassar: Thanks. Seriously thinking about Patreon.

    James Hanley
    8 years ago

    Hi Gary
    A great video and all seems ok. Except in my mac the accessibility feature does not show the tic box and "enable the dictation keyword phrase" So the result is I say Computer (my phrase)...but no response. So the trigger word Computer does not seem to be registering

    8 years ago

    Hi Gary- That is the most mind blowing and eye opening use of a handy app that has been sitting idle for years. Wait until my grandkids come and we play with that! THNX mn

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