special orders at the dictation of OS X Mountain Lion

El ABC de Mac: Dictado

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special orders at the dictation of OS X Mountain Lion
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As every Friday, we bring a new trick of the week, this time we will try to get the most out of OS X Mountain Lion dictation, we will learn commands and commands that will make you look at the dictation tool with different eyes, so we won’t need the keyboard at all, we will be able to do everything by voice commands. For dictation to work on our Mac in Spanish we will need OS X version 10.8.2.

The dictation function in OS X is a little used tool but with a great potential, not everybody knows the tricks we are going to talk about today, but these special commands bring a clear improvement when using the dictation. To be able to use dictation in Spanish we will need to have OS X updated to version 10.8.2, as until this update Mountain Lion only incorporated dictation in English, French, German and Japanese. For now this function uses the same speech recognition system as Siri, but in OS X we still don’t have this personal assistant, maybe in version 10.9 we will be able to have it?

To demonstrate the potential of this feature we have recorded a screencast explaining how to activate dictation and we have seen some practical examples:

As you can see, the dictation from OS X comes with many commands that we can use, here we can see a slightly more detailed list of the examples, but we can find the complete list on the Apple support website :

  • Question mark: ?
  • Exclamation mark: !
  • Eat:
  • Underscore: _
  • Opening parenthesis: (
  • Closing parenthesis: )
  • Two points:
  • Smiley face:
  • Sad face:
  • All in capital letters: Write everything in capital letters (e.g. “this is an all-capital TEST”).
  • New paragraph: Start a new paragraph.
  • New line: Inserts a new line of text.

To give you an idea of the power of this tool just say that this post has been partially written with the dictation function of OS X, adding symbols and applying the options we have seen in the video.


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