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El Capitan: A Take Control Crash Course by Scholle McFarland

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Talk to Your Mac—and Let It Talk to You

Let’s face it: You wanted Siri on your Mac and you didn’t get it. But you don’t have to wait for Apple’s digital assistant to arrive on OS X, you can talk to your Mac now—dictating messages, Spotlight searches, and more. And though your Mac won’t tell you jokes, it can read you a book. Here’s how to get started with El Capitan’s dictation and speech features .

**①** Yes, you can search Spotlight using just your voice—no Siri required.
Yes, you can search Spotlight using just your voice—no Siri required.

We’ll first look at how you can talk to your Mac, and then later in this chapter we’ll look at how you can Have Your Mac Talk to You.

Set Up Dictation

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