Mac Speech to Text: The Basics, and Some PRO TIPS!

Mac Speech to Text: The Basics, and Some PRO TIPS!

October 14, 2019 36 By Kailee Schamberger


– So, you wanna write that company memo with a Tim Horton’s coffee in one hand and your Tim Horton’s donut in the other. Maybe you’re trying to feed a squirmy kid and trying to write a blog
post at the same time. Now, you can speak words at your computer and it will turn them into text. I’m gonna show you how to
turn on speech dictation on your Mac with a great keyboard command and show you a few tips
for how to use it well. I’m gonna start with the basics and then I’ll show you some
more power-user tips later on. You just go to wherever you
want text to appear magically while you’re talking. It could be an e-mail in
the body of a message, here. It could be in iMessage
if you wanted to send a message to a friend typing
into this little box, here. It could be a document like
Microsoft Word or Pages. Then, look down on your keyboard. In the bottom left you should see fn, which is the function key, and
you wanna press that twice, and then wait a sec for
the little microphone to appear like this.
(dinging) Now, you can write your
world changing blog post with no hands. And then you just press the
function key one more time to stop the dictation. And, if it doesn’t work for you when you use the function key twice, just go into system preferences
and then go into keyboard and under dictation just make sure that it’s set here under shortcut. If you’re doing this for the first time, it’ll ask you if you want
to enable speech dictation and do a really quick, little download. It only does that once
and then it’ll work easily from then on. You’ll need to speak
clearly like a silly robot with a space between each word. And, as you practice,
you’ll get more comfortable with the specific
enunciation that you need for it to always understand you. (dinging) Sadly, we are not yet
fully in the future enough for it to understand you while
you are drunk or whispering. And, now, for some more
advanced tips, check this out. (dinging)
Show commands. New line. Look at all those awesome
commands you can use with speech dictation. Hide commands. Select this sentence. Delete this. Undo that. Go to the end. New line. Maybe, in the future, it will
understand me while I’m drunk. Period. New line. Open parentheses. I don’t actually drink. Close parentheses. Stop dictation. How cool is that?! And, now, if I wanna dictate
a message to a friend, I would go into my messages app, and I would start dictation
here with function-function. (dinging) Hey, comma, can you proofread
my new blog post called, colon, quote, how to change
the world with no hands, end quote, question mark. Send that. Stop dictation. Boom, comma, Mac epiphany,
exclamation mark. If you want someone awesome
and totally not condescending to come to you and take all
of your technology challenges off your mind, head to macinhome.com, ’cause you’ve got way better
things to do with your time. Mac epiphany, exclamation mark. (laughing)