Windows®, macOS®, and iPadOS® operating systems have native dictation features: Online Speech Recognition for Windows, Apple Dictation for macOS, and iPadOS. Reliable use of dictation often requires an internet connection. The Logitech voice-to-text key activates enabled Dictation with the press of just one key instead of a combination of keys or menu navigation activation.
These dictation features may be subject to third-party privacy and usage terms and conditions. For further information about these third-party systems—Speech Recognition for Windows or Apple Dictation for macOS—please inquire with Microsoft and Apple product support, respectively.
Dictation (talk-to-text) is not the same as Voice Control. The Logitech talk-to-text key does not activate Voice Control.
How is Talk-to-Text dictation enabled?
If dictation is not already enabled, when the user first tries to activate it via the Logitech voice-to-text key, they will be required to authorize use.
On Windows, a notification may appear on the screen:
Speech Recognition is enabled in Windows settings:
In macOS a notification may appear on the screen:
Apple Dictation is enabled in macOS settings:
Apple Dictation is enabled in iPadOS Settings > General > Keyboard . Turn on Enable Dictation. https://support.apple.com/guide/ipad/ipad997d9642/ipados.
For what applications does dictation work?
Users can dictate text anywhere they can type text.
For what languages does dictation work?
According to Microsoft, Windows supports the languages listed here https://support.microsoft.com/windows/use-dictation-to-talk-instead-of-type-on-your-pc-fec94565-c4bd-329d-e59a-af033fa5689f.
Apple doesn’t provide a list for macOS and iPadOS. We recently counted 34 language options in the control settings.
Can dictation be enabled or disabled by the user? If yes, how?
Yes, dictation can be disabled and enabled by the user if IT has not centrally disabled the feature.
On Windows, select Start > Settings > System > Sound > Input > Choose your input device, and then select the microphone or recording device you want to use. Microsoft support article here: https://support.microsoft.com/windows/how-to-set-up-and-test-microphones-in-windows-10-ba9a4aab-35d1-12ee-5835-cccac7ee87a4.
On macOS and iPadOS, select Apple menu > System Preferences, click Keyboard, then click Dictation. Read the Apple support article here: