50+ dictation shortcuts in OS X Mountain Lion

Dictation in Mountain LionDictation is an extremely powerful tool in OS X Mountain Lion. Not only can you use it to have your mac type the text that you speak, but it also works extremely well across many third-party apps such as Microsoft Word, Google, and even Facebook.

What this means is that instead of typing a status update on say Facebook, you can have your mac do it for you.

To help you get started using dictation in OS X Mountain Lion, I have compiled a list of 50+ dictation shortcuts in Mountain Lion that you can use to manipulate text, insert symbols, and use just your voice to compose documents, emails, status updates and more in OS X Mountain Lion.

  1. “new line” moves your cursor to a new line
  2. “new paragraph” inserts a new paragraph
  3. “cap” capitalizes the next spoken word
  4. “caps on/off” capitalizes the spoken section of text.
  5. “all caps” makes the next spoken word all caps
  6. “all caps on/off” makes the spoken section of text all caps. Ex: caps on/off test would result in TEST
  7. “no caps” makes the next spoken word lower case
  8. “no caps on/off” makes the spoken section of text lower case
  9. “space bar” prevents a hyphen from appearing in a normally hyphenated word
  10. “no space” prevents a space between words
  11. “no space on/off” to prevent a section of text from having spaces between words
  12. “period” or “full stop” places a period at the end of a sentence
  13. “dot” places a period anywhere, including between words
  14. “point” places a point between numbers, not between words
  15. “ellipsis” or “dot dot dot” places an ellipsis in your writing
  16. “comma” places a comma
  17. “double comma” places a double comma (,,)
  18. “quote” or “quotation mark” places a quote mark (“)
  19. “quote … end quote” places quotation marks around the text spoken between
  20. “apostrophe” places an apostrophe (‘)
  21. “exclamation point” places an exclamation point (!)
  22. “inverted exclamation point” places an inverted exclamation point (¡)
  23. “question mark” places a question mark (?)
  24. “inverted question mark” places an inverted question mark (¿)
  25. “ampersand” places an ampersand sign (&)
  26. “asterisk” places an asterisk (*)
  27. “open parenthesis” opens a set of parenthesis “(“
  28. “close parenthesis” closes a set of parenthesis “)”
  29. “open bracket” opens a set of brackets “[“
  30. “close bracket” closes a set of brackets “]”
  31. “open brace” opens a set of braces “{“
  32. “close brace” closes a set of braces “}”
  33. “dash” places a dash (-) with spaces before and after
  34. “hyphen” places a hyphen between words without a space
  35. “em dash” places an em dash (–)
  36. “underscore” places an underscore (_)
  37. “percent sign” places a percent sign (%)
  38. “copyright sign” places a copyright symbol
  39. “registered sign” places a registered trademark symbol
  40. “section sign” places a section sign
  41. “dollar sign” places a dollar sign ($)
  42. “cent sign” place a cent sign (¢)
  43. “degree sign” places a degree symbol (º)
  44. “caret” places a caret (^)
  45. “at sign” places an at symbol (@)
  46. “pound sign” places a pound symbol (#)
  47. “greater than sign” places a greater than symbol (>)
  48. “less than sign” places a less than symbol (<)
  49. “forward slash” places a forward slash (/)
  50. “back slash” places a back slash (\)
  51. “vertical bar” places a pipe (|)
  52. “smiley” or “smile face” places a “:-)”
  53. “frowny” or “frown face” places a “:-(“
  54. “winky” or “wink face” places a “;-)”
  55. “e g” places a “e.g.”
  56. “i e” places a “i.e.”

Source: Siri dictation guide

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