Apple OS X - Talking to your computer
Note: Mac key convention: ' Ctrl ' is used for 'Control', ' Apple ' is used for 'Command' and ' Alt ' is used for the 'Option' key.
Note: For keyboard access, make sure ' Full keyboard access ' is turned on - you can turn it on or off; by pressing ' Ctrl ' + ' F1 ' at any time.
Make sure you are in ' Finder ' - press ' Apple ' + ' Tab ' if necessary to cycle through open applications until you return to ' Finder '.
Click on the 'Apple ' menu or press ' Ctrl ' + ' F2 '.
Click on ' System Preferences... ' as shown in Fig 1 or press the down arrow key to highlight it and then press ' Enter '.
- Click on the ' Speech ' icon or press ' Tab ' repeatedly (you might need to press ' Ctrl ' + ' F7 ' first) to cycle through the icons until the ' Universal Access ' icon is highlighted with a blue border and then press the ' Spacebar '.
Click on the ' Speech Recognition ' tab or press ' Ctrl ' + ' F7 ' (once or twice) to highlight one of the three tabs and then press the left or right arrow key to select the 'Speech Recognition ' tab (highlighted in blue) if it is not already selected.
Click on the ' On/Off ' sub tab or press ' Tab ' until it is highlighted.
Next click the ' On ' radio button next to 'Speakable Items: ' (See Fig 3) or press ' Tab ' to highlight the ' Off ' button and then press the up arrow to turn 'On' ' Apple Speakable Items '.
- This will open the Speakable Items window (see Fig 4).
To issue a command press and hold the ' Esc ' key on your keyboard while speaking.
' Apple Speakable items ' can recognise a number of commands, they are listed in the ' Speakable Items ' folder. To look at them click on the ' Open Speakable items Folder ' button or press ' Tab ' to highlight the button and then press the ' Spacebar '.
When you are happy with your settings click the ' Close ' (red) button at the top of the ' Speech ' window or press ' Apple ' + ' W ' to close the window and return to the Finder desktop.
Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies - contact your local IT support for further help.
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