This section gives you step by step instructions on how to dictate text in macOS 12 Monterey, with pictures of the screens to help.
1. Click the Apple icon in the top left corner of the screen and choose System Preferences from the menu.
2. In the System Preferences window, click Keyboard.
3. In the Keyboard window, click the Dictation tab.
4. Click the On button for Dictation to turn it on.
5. One of the ways you can start Dictation is by using a keyboard shortcut. Click the drop-down menu for Shortcut and choose your preferred shortcut from the options. If you choose Customise… press the key combination you would like to use when prompted.
6. If you have more than one microphone, you can choose which one to use for dictation from the drop-down menu under the microphone icon on the left.
7. When you are happy with your settings, close System Preferences by clicking the Close button (red circle) in the top-left corner of the window or using the Cmd + W keyboard shortcut.
8. When you want to dictate text, place the cursor where you want the dictated text to appear.
To start dictation, press the microphone icon in the row of function keys, if available, or use the dictation shortcut, or choose Edit > Start Dictation.
When the dictation feedback window appears (a microphone with a fluctuating sound level indicator), you can start dictating your text.
You can enter punctuation by saying the type of the punctuation you wish to use, e.g. “full stop” to enter ‘.’ or “question mark” to enter ‘?’. You can find the full list of punctuation commands on Apple’s dictation support page: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/mac-help/mh40695/mac
When you have finished, press the dictation keyboard shortcut or the Return key, or click Done in the dictation feedback window.
Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings are managed by someone else (an IT department or administrator for example). If so, you will need to contact them to access these settings or for help.