Dictate text using Enhanced Dictation

We all know we aren’t supposed to text and drive.  Reason being, people take their eyes off of the road for 5 seconds at 60 miles and hour and you’ve just driven 1 1/2 football fields.  So we’ve use Siri to read the text to us and to dictate a text back without ever taking our eyes off the road. But what about when your on the computer and you just want to get your thoughts out, but your fingers can keep up.  Did you know that your Mac OS 10.9 has enhanced dictation?  That right, talk to your computer and let it do the typing for you.

If this is something you would like to use, we recommend downloading the 800MB option, which moves the voice recognition to you local computer without the need of an internet connection, making it must faster and more reliable.

Enough of the mumbo jumbo.  Let’s turn this on so that we can use it already.

Setup. Go to the Apple menu > System Preferences > Dictation & Speech. Turn on Dictation then check the box for “Use Enhanced Dictation”. Once it has downloaded you are ready to rock-n-roll.

How to Use. This is difficult so pay attention.  Place your curser where you want to insert your text.  Then press the function key (fn) twice. Speak. Press the function key (fn) again (but only once) to end.  OK, maybe it wasn’t that hard.  You can use words like “period” “exclamation mark” and “new paragraph”.  If there is a question about the dictation, it will be underlined in purple. Right click the purple underlined words to see other things dictation thinks you might have said.