How to Activate Voice Control on a MacBook Pro

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How to Activate Voice Control on a MacBook Pro
Turn on Speech Recognition on your MacBook Pro. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

The MacBook Pro is a laptop made by Apple. As of April 2011, Apple sells models with screens measuring 13 in., 15 in. and 17 in. Each model has a built-in microphone that can pick up your voice. You typically interact with a MacBook Pro by typing on the keyboard and using the multi-touch trackpad. If you have difficulty using your hands or if you just want to give your fingers a rest, you can activate voice control, which will enable you to issue commands by speaking them to your MacBook Pro.

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  1. 1

    Click on the Apple logo from the menu at the top of your MacBook Pro, and then click "System Preferences."

  2. 2

    Click on "Speech."

  3. 3

    Click "Speech Recognition."

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    Click on check boxes next to options under "Select a Command Set," such as "Address Book," "Global Speakable Items" and "Menu Bar."

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    Click on the "Listen Continuously With Keyword" option next to "Listening Method" if you want to require Speech Recognition to hear you say a keyword before each command. The default keyword is "Computer." Click on the "Keyword" text box and type a new keyword if you want to change it.

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    Click the "On" button next to "Speakable Items" to activate Speech Recognition. A small round speech feedback window with the icon of a microphone will appear on the MacBook Pro's desktop, indicating that Speech Recognition is activated.

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    Click on the triangle at the bottom of the speech feedback window to see a list of the commands you can say. Click on a disclosure triangle next to an item on the list, such as "Speakable Items," which will show you that you can say phrases such as "Get My Mail," "Insert Today's Date," or "Move Page Down."

  8. 8

    Say the designated keyword and then a command to start using voice control on your MacBook Pro.

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