Dictation option in MAC

So the other day I was cursing how I don’t like typing much and I need to find a descent talk to text program for this. I know about Dragon by Nuance, but I am cheap and don’t like spending money when i don’t have to. So I put this on my software wish list and will eventually budget for it.

So there I was searching for something in Microsoft word and came across a feature I wasn’t aware of. Dictation.


Last year I got a MacBook Air and I’m new to MAC OS where I was mainly a Microsoft guy. I am still learning the MAC.


I have Word installed on my computer and can only speak about this version

Microsoft Word Mac 2011



So as you can see I am running Microsoft word for MAC 2011 version 14.1.0

If you goto the Edit menu you will see the option to start Dictation. Alternately you can just press fn fn. (it also works in the Internet while I’m writing this blog.)

Now you will see a small microphone pop up.

Dictate option


So once this is opened up, simply just start talking. Once you are finished saying something then hit enter or click on done.

Your talked text will be there.

Now please understand this isn’t perfect. I find myself having to go back and type some stuff as it doesn’t catch everything perfectly. And you also have to have internet connection for it to work.

Nerd’s Blurt

I really was hoping that I would be able to use this without having to pay for a different option but clearly it is not going to be the case. I will most likely do a review of whatever software I get on here.

My biggest downfall was the online only ability. I like being offline to write stuff up. I know hard to believe right, but it’s nice. I do still do a lot of writing with a pen and paper. But maybe this dictate option will work for you. I also haven’t done any more research on the full functionality and if it is standard in mac computers.