How do I enable Speech to Text?
Speech to text can be a useful tool if you are trying to type up a document, record a conversation into text, or to make your life easier if you aren't fast at typing. Apple's built-in Speech to Text function can be enabled under Dictation and Speech in System Preferences .
To turn on Apple Speech to Text Dictation:
- Click on the (Apple) Symbol at the top left of the screen, and select System Preferences .
- In System Preferences , open Keyboard.
- Select the Dictation tab on the far right.
- Turn Dictation on.
- A dialog box will pop up; click on Enable Dictation.
- Click on the Shortcut drop down menu; here you can change what key you use to start dictating. In this case, it has been left as the default Fn/Function key.
- Open up your desired text editor, e.g. Microsoft Word . When you are ready to start the Speech to Text recording, Double tap the Fn/Function Key (or the key you chose to use to enable dictating). A small Microphone Icon will appear in a bubble next to your document.
- When you have finished speaking, click on the Done button underneath the Microphone icon to end the recording.