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OS X Mavericks: Calibrate speech recognition

Calibrate speech recognition

Before you start, make sure your environment is at its normal noise level; try to avoid background conversations or excess noise.

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Accessibility, then click Speakable Items.
  2. Click Settings, choose a microphone, then click Calibrate.
  3. Read the instructions that appear, speak each phrase in the list, speak the phrases a second time, then click Done.

    For best results, position yourself about two feet in front of the microphone, speak in a normal voice, and pause between phrases.

Last Modified: May 8, 2014
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