How to Enable and Use Dictation on Mac OS Mountain Lion

Earlier this week, Apple released Mac OS X Mountain Lion which was one the most popular OS selling more than three million copies in just four days. It has more than 250 new features from iCloud, Power Nap, Dictation, Notification Center, Notes, Reminders and many more. Out of these 250 features, our most favorite was the amazing Dictation on new Mountain Lion which helps you to write without typing. However, this feature is not enabled by default, so we have posted the simple tips to Enable and use this Dictation.

  1. How to Enable Dictation on Mac OS Mountain Lion?
  • Click on the Apple Menu and select the “System Preferences”
  • Select the “Dictation and Speech”
  • Hit the “ON” button next to the “Dictation”
  • A pop-up will be shown asking you for the confirmation of enabling the Dictation. Select the “Enable Dictation” and you are done.

Dictation is remotely converted into words by the Apple Server so, when you will be speaking, all of your dictation will be send to Apple Servers. Moreover, it will also send your contacts list to Apple, in order to recognize, when you speak about a specific contact.

      2. How to Use Dictation in Mac OS Mountain Lion:

  • Once you have enabled the Dictation on Mac OS Mountain Lion, it will be very easy to use this feature.
  • Go to any writing app and Double tap the “Fn” [Function Key] and it will show the “Dictation”.
  • Once a small “microphone” is shown on your screen, start talking
  • When you are finished talking, again hit the “Fn” key or click on “Done”.
  • Just after one or two second your dictation will be converted into text.


That’s it! In this way, you can easily enable or use dictation feature in Mac OS Mountain Lion, as it is one of the most refined text-to-speech feature for any OS.

If you face any problem, don’t hesitate to leave a comment in the comments section below.

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One Response to How to Enable and Use Dictation on Mac OS Mountain Lion

  1. shane says:
    When I hit the FN twice, it opens the Mic, but it doesn’t record anything. It doesn’t light up like it isn’t responding. It is enabled.

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