Learn how to use the new Voice Control feature to control your Mac with voice commands. Find out how to use the feature to dictate text when in a text field or text document.
- [Instructor] Voice Control is a new accessibility feature in Catalina for controlling a Mac with only voice commands, or to dictate text. It's designed to help users without the use of their hands, but it can be extremely useful for any user. First, I need to go into system preferences to turn it on, so I'll go to the main system menu to system preferences. I'll go to the accessibility category, scroll down a bit on this list, choose Voice Control, then just click this box to enable it. Now the first time you do this, it will ask for your password and it will take some time to download and install. But when it's ready, you'll see this little microphone panel on the screen. I'm talking normally now, and it will ignore me until it hears a valid voice command. But what commands will it respond to? Well here's the first command you should try. Show commands. Now you might want to scroll throw this list and start to learn the options that you have. And this list even changes depending on which application is active. I'll just dive in and show a few of the most useful controls. Open Safari. Quit Safari. So you can open and quit applications. Let's open it back up. Open Safari. Go to sleep. Okay, so when I say go to sleep, Voice Control stops listening to me. I wanted to do that because one big feature here is text dictation. Notice how my cursor is in the search bar up at the top. That is an active text field. When I'm in a text field or a text document, voice command will assume that I'm dictating text, and will transcribe anything that I say. Now that we know that, I'm going to wake Voice Control back up and dictate the text that I want to search for. Wake up. Wikipedia. Go to sleep. Okay, so you see, it typed what I said. This just happens to be a site that I visited recently, so Safari is auto-completing the address. You can use this for website addresses, or just web searches. As you can imagine, you could also use the dictation tools to dictate entire text documents, if you want. All right, let's go on. Wake up. Press return key. Go to sleep. Okay, so on this page, my cursor defaults to another text field. So, let's do a search there. Wake up. Sherlock Holmes. Delete sentence. Arthur Conan Doyle. Press return key. Okay, so you saw I was just playing with some dictation options there so you could see them. And now my cursor is not in an active text field, so I can speak a little more freely without putting it to sleep. So let's browse a little on this webpage. Scroll down. Scroll down. Now next, you can activate mouse clicks. But you'll need some guidance. We're going to use the number system. Show numbers. Now I can click on any of the links on this page by calling out the number. 32. And I can get a closer look using the grid system. Show grid. Zoom in nine. All right, let's look at a different application. Open Maps. Go to sleep. Okay, so when I open the Maps application, it defaults to the text field up at the top. I don't want to do a search, so I don't want to dictate any text. But that's fine. I can use the number system or the grid system to click outside of that text field. Wake up. Show grid. Click 10. So you see the number system and the grid system work very well in other applications as well. Show grid. Zoom in 11. And you can also use the grid to drag things around. Show grid. Drag 17 to 12. And let's stop there. We've only scratched the surface here. I really recommend you study the commands list if you plan to use this. And when you want that list off of the screen, just say hide commands.
- Using Voice Control
- Managing an AppleID
- Managing photos
- Using the Find My app
- Using the Music, Apple TV, and Podcast apps
- New features in Notes and Reminders
- Playing videos in Picture in Picture (PiP) mode
- Using Screen Time to monitor time
- Sync an iPhone or other device in Finder
- Unlocking more options with an Apple Watch