Dictation not working

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    iMac Sierra 10.12.1, Chrome current version, any software (Text Edit, Pages, gmail, etc.): I have Dictation ON in Prefs (both under Accessibility and Keyboard). When I double-strike the Command key I get the little Dictation window & the microphone responds to my voice, but no typing appears.
    How can I troubleshoot? What can I do to get Dictation working?
     
    Jeff Weissman, Dec 11, 2016
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    Cory Cooper Moderator

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    Hello,

    -Does the Dictation microphone icon move to show input level?
    -Does you mic work as an input device with other applications?
    -Do you have a lot of ambient noise?

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    Yes, it moves.
    No ambient noise.
    How would I test to see if it works as an input device with other applications? Which apps are you thinking of?
     
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    OK, thanks for the additional information.

    A few apps to try:
    QuickTime Player recording
    GarageBand recording

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    Great, I'll try later this afternoon. We're at the movies right now. I really appreciate your help. Merry Christmas!
     
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    No worries...Merry Christmas to you and your family as well!

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    Successfully recorded an audio file in Quicktime Player.
    Then went into gMail & lo & behold, now dictation works. I don't get it! Could making the recording in Quicktime have somehow cleared a problem with the internal microphone?
    Anyway, seems I'm good to go now & can dictate as I had wanted to.
    Thanks for your help, Cory!!!
     
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    Excellent! Glad it is working.

    I guess making that recording could have cleared it up somehow...oh, the mysteries of the Mac. ;) That is just an easy way to check on the status of the mic.

    Enjoy,

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    Dunno if this will help, but when I researched this in the past (the iListen era about ten years ago) it was always said that a quality mic headset really assists the accuracy of dictation.
     
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