Mac Voice Control quietly gets valuable new feature – 9to5Mac

March 17

Apple quietly adds valuable new feature to Mac Voice Control, but more work needed

Ben Lovejoy

– Mar. 17th 2022 8:21 am PT

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Colin Hughes, a quadriplegic Apple user who often shares his experience of accessibility features on Apple devices, has reported that Apple has quietly added a valuable new Mac Voice Control feature.

Although it isn’t shown in the release notes, it appears to have been added in macOS Monterey 12.3 …

As the name suggests, Voice Control is designed to allow people to control their Mac using voice commands, rather than a mouse or trackpad. Additionally, text can be dictated rather than typed. Both features are crucially important to those who don’t have full use of their arms.

A huge benefit of both Voice Control and dictation on Apple devices is that it works offline. However, this poses an issue when you replace your Mac, as there was previously no way to transfer your custom commands and vocabulary. This feature has now been added.

In macOS 12.3 you can now import or export Vocabulary and Custom Commands in Accessibility on Mac from a new drop-down menu visible as soon as you open Voice Control.

Because Voice Control [...]

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