Dictation enables you to tap a key on the keyboard and then speak to your Mac. The Mac will listen to what you say until you click Done, and then transcribe your words onto a page or into another app on your Mac. The system needs an internet connection to work normally, just like Siri, but you can change this with a download. For now, read on to find out how to speak to your Mac and, more importantly, help it understand.
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1 Activate Dictation
First, you’ll need to activate dictation on your Mac. Open System Preferences and click Dictation & Speech in the menu. In the Dictation tab, click On beside Dictation.
2 Choose your language
Next, use the drop-down menu below this section to choose your language. It will use your system language by default, but you can add more languages here if necessary.
3 Set your input
If you have headphones with a built-in microphone connected, you can use it as the input. To select your input, click below the microphone and pick the one you want.
4 Choose the shortcut
You can also choose a shortcut to activate Dictation quickly. Choose the keyboard combination you want with this drop-down, or choose Customize and enter your own.
5 Enhanced Dictation
If you are using a MacBook, you may want the option to use Dictation when you’re not connected to the internet. You can download a file to allow this option by checking this box.