Dictation to open apps

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Kumi, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. Kumi macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2010
    Hey, I was wondering if there was a way to open applications and set reminders via using the dictation shortcut (just got me rMBP, kinda loving it!!)?

  2. kftrainer macrumors regular


    Sep 11, 2009
    Using dictation for this post, I will like to know that as well
  3. naz-dream-boys macrumors member

    Aug 25, 2012
    I don't believe there is way to do that at the moment
  4. Arizor macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2012
  5. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Not the dictation function per se, but Mac OS X has had this function since the beginning (actually, since before OS X). They've moved it in Mountain Lion (possibly before), but it still exists.

    Open System Preferences, and click on Accessibility. Click Speakable Items on the left, and set a listening key (note that you cannot use the same shortcut as dictation, but you could potentially just hold down the function key instead of double tapping or a similar command if you chose). Then, you can say "Open Safari" or any other application you want and it will launch it. You can also click on the Commands tab in that window to see the other things you can say. It's not nearly as advanced as Siri, and less accurate, but it does work well enough once you train it.

  6. eagandale4114 macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2011
    I Think apple will integrate Siri into OS X soon.
    Maybe in the next OS?

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