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13.23. Speech

The Mac's speech features—both listening and talking back—are far more extensive than what you're probably used to from Windows. Depending on the kind of work you do, these features might give you both a productivity boost and a good giggle along the way.

13.23.1. Speech Recognition

The Apple marketing machine may have been working too hard when it called this feature "speech recognition." The Mac OS feature called PlainTalk doesn't take dictation, typing out what you say. Instead, PlainTalk is what's known as a command-and-control feature. It lets you open programs, choose menu commands, trigger keystrokes, and click dialog box buttons and tabs—just by speaking their names.


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