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 .
Please note that the default language package that is available is US. Due to certain restrictions you will not be able to download the Australian language package without assistance from the Scotch Tech Centre.

To turn on Apple Speech to Text Dictation:

  1. Click on the  (Apple) Symbol at the top left of the screen, and select System Preferences .

  2. In System Preferences , open Dictation & Speech.

  3. Turn Dictation on.

  4. A dialog box will pop up; click on Enable Dictation.

  5. Click on the Shortcut drop down menu; here you can change what key you use to start dictatingIn this case, it has been left as the default Fn/Function key.

  6. 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.

  7. When you have finished speaking, click on the Done button underneath the Microphone icon to end the recording. 


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