MacOS – Using dictation feature to paste text into Terminal


With user-created dictation commands, it's possible to paste text into an application. I tried creating a voice command that would paste in a text command into Terminal. However, nothing gets pasted. I can see the command get activated because the "Edit" flashes. I am able to paste text into other applications with voice commands without an issue.

Does anyone know of a workaround to this problem?

Best Answer

This problem continued for me when I updated to 10.13.3 but I found a solution. Rather than using the Paste Text option when creating the new Dictation Command, use the Paste Data command. Then go to TextEdit and type the text you want, select, and copy it. Then go back to the window creating your Dictation Command and click on the Import from Clipboard button. You will notice that the button moves down (I assume meaning that there is data there now). Now my Dictation Command works! I am not sure if this works in earlier versions of Sierra.