OS X Mountain Lion: Dictation shortcut key may not work when Sticky Keys or Slow Keys are enabled


If Sticky Keys or Slow Keys are enabled, the default shortcut keys might not start Dictation.

As a workaround, you can use the Dictation menu choice to start Dictation in an application (choose Edit > Start Dictation).

If Slow Keys and Sticky Keys are not needed

  1. From the Apple () menu, choose System Preferences.
  2. From the View menu, choose Accessibility.
  3. Click Keyboard on the left side.
  4. Deselect (uncheck) "Enable Sticky Keys" and/or "Enable Slow Keys".

You should now be able to use the default shortcut keys to start Dictation.

If Slow Keys or Sticky Keys are needed

You can create a custom keyboard shortcut in Dictation & Speech preferences. Go to System Preferences > Dictation & Speech > Dictation. Select Customize… from the Shortcut pop-up menu.

You should now be able to use your custom keyboard shortcut to start Dictation.

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