macOS High Sierra

If a dictation command doesn’t work when the dictation keyword phrase is enabled

Generally when you use the dictation keyword phrase, you don’t need to say the phrase with a command when the feedback window is visible.

However, some apps that define their own dictation commands, such as Chess, display the feedback window even when the dictation keyword phrase is required.

When you use Chess, or if a third-party app doesn’t perform a dictation command as expected when the dictation phrase is enabled, say the phrase with the command—for example, “Computer, pawn e2 to e4.”