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Mac OS X to the Max: Configuring and Using Speech Recognition

Mac OS X has built-in support for speech recognition. This works both ways you can speak to your Mac to issue commands and your Mac can read on-screen text to you. Whether controlling your Mac with speech works for you or not depends on a lot of variables, such as your speaking voice, the position of your mouth relative to your Mac's microphone, the microphone itself, and so on. Also, don't expect your Mac to start working like the computer on the Starship Enterprise; it will take some time for you to get voice recognition working effectively.

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I've tried several voice recognition systems, including the Mac's built-in one. Frankly, beyond the initial gee-whiz factor of being able to speak a command and have the computer respond by doing something, I have found that using the keyboard and mouse is a much more effective way to work. But, you might want to experiment to see if it works better for you, particularly if you have special needs when it comes to interacting with your Mac. This section will get you started, but is certainly not intended to explain all the details.



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