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Voice Control for MacOS

Voice Control for iOS is a voice control system that can be found in MacOS 10.15 and greater.

There are 2 types of overlays that you can turn on.

Differences between voice control software

Because Voice Control only supports names and not roles, all expectations for roles are marked as "not applicable".


Voice Control is built in to MacOS and you can enable it from System Preferences.

How to find your version

  1. Open "About this mac"
    • Use search
      1. Press command+space bar to open search
      2. Type "About this mac"
      3. Click "About this mac"
    • OR click the apple icon in the top left corner of the desktop and select "about this mac"
  2. Use the version number listed on the dialog

Guides, Documentation, and resources


The following are some common commands.


Activate item by name"Click <text>"If there are multiple choices with the same text, they will be labeled by numbers. Say "Choose <number>" to finish.
Activate item by number"Choose <number>"
Turn on the numbers overlay"Show numbers"
Hide the numbers overlay"Hide numbers"
Turn on the grid overlay"Show grid"
Hide the grid overlay"Hide grid"
Show hintsShow hintsSee command suggestions and hints