Change Voice Control preferences for accessibility on Mac
On your Mac, use the Voice Control pane of Accessibility preferences to enable Voice Control so you can edit text and control your Mac by speaking commands to it, select the commands to use, and add custom words or phrases to a vocabulary list. Learn how to use Voice Control.
To change these preferences, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Accessibility , then click Voice Control.
Enable Voice Control
Turn Voice Control on or off.
The first time you turn on Voice Control, files for the selected language are downloaded to your Mac (you must be connected to the internet) and the feedback window appears on the desktop. When Voice Control is ready to use, the microphone icon appears in the window and fluctuates to indicate the volume level.
Choose the language to use when you speak commands to your Mac. To change the languages shown, click the pop-up menu, then do one of the following:
Choose the microphone to use to speak commands to your Mac.
If you choose Automatic from the pop-up menu, your Mac listens to the device you’re most likely to use for speaking commands.
Continuously show item numbers or a numbered grid on the screen to make it easier to select items or navigate the screen. By default, an overlay is not displayed.
You can also set this option while using Voice Control by saying the command “Show numbers continuously” or “Show grid continuously”. If you say the command “Hide numbers” or “Hide grid”, this option is set to None.
Display suggested commands and hints onscreen next to the microphone icon.
Play sound when command is recognised
Have your Mac play a sound to indicate that it recognised the command you spoke.
Show the list of commands you can use to control your Mac and use apps.
Specify custom words or phrases to use when you speak to your Mac. For example, if you work with medical or technical documents or apps you can add medical and technical terms to the vocabulary.
This option is not available for all languages.
Standard commands and custom commands you created are shown. Use the search field to find a command.
Standard commands are grouped by category: Basic Navigation, Overlays & Mouse, Dictation, Text Selection, Text Navigation, Text Editing, Text Deletion and Accessibility.
A tick next to a command indicates it can be used. If you don’t want to use a command, deselect its tickbox.
Click a command in the list to show how to say it.
The preview may show multiple ways to say a command. For example, to make a selected word bold, it may show “Bold that”, “Bold this” or “Bold selection”.
Add , Remove
Click the Add button to create your own command.
To delete a command you created, select it in the Custom section, then click the Remove button .
Words or phrases that you added.
Add , Remove
Click the Add button to add a word or phrase.
To delete an item you added, select it in the list, then click the Remove button .