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


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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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