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Sep 08, 2015  Google Docs Voice Typing lets you speak instead of type. If you want to voice type on a Mac or Windows PC, you need to use Google Docs in a Chrome web. Control access to your microphone on Mac. Some apps and websites can use the microphone on your Mac to capture or record audio. You can decide which apps are allowed to use the microphone.

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On the issue of the controversy section, while the developer does have to pay a fee to be part of the App Store distribution, the developer does not have to pay for the tools necessary to create applications for OS X. I'm new to the idea of editing THE Wikipedia (as opposed to lesser wikis), so I wanted to posit this here rather than actually editing. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:01, 4 December 2010 (UTC)

Don't worry, be happybold. Guy Harris (talk) 08:04, 9 January 2011 (UTC)

Controversy and updates[edit]

Speaking from a security point of view, the Mac App Store is a HUGE step forward. Most users do not update their software regularly, be it because it lacks an automatic updating system, it is not run often enough or whatever. This is a big security issue, as updates may include vulnerability fixes.

Edit: the introduction of the article on software update even mention fixing vulnerabilities.

Edit 2: In fact, it seems common sens that if general software updates improves security, having this built-in the OS for most of the application the user will ever use is really good. Comments appreciated.

Note: I'm quite new to WP editing, so I'm putting my thoughts here hoping someone may do the Right Thing.

HTHDokReggar (talk) 15:24, 10 December 2010 (UTC)

I don't see what you are wanting added to the article. If you clarify, I'll try to help. And by the way, welcome to Wikipedia! I wouldn't be too worried about editing on WP. If you mess up, it'll get fixed. --Thekmc (talk) 22:13, 6 January 2011 (UTC)


One thing not mentioned here yet is the DRM method; that's a very relevant piece of information. I looked around and it seems developers can opt to use 'receipt checking' or not. --Stormwatch (talk) 20:30, 6 January 2011 (UTC)

Do you have any good sources to verify this? If so, please tell us so we can update the article. Thanks.--Thekmc (talk) 22:07, 7 January 2011 (UTC)

GPL apps?[edit]


  • Open-source software using copyleft licenses like the GPL.[1]

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The citation given is for iOS App Store. Feel free to re-add this if someone can find a citation based on the Mac App Store. Jrincayc (talk) 12:52, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

oops, I misread the article. :/ -- (talk) 21:42, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

While the GPL notice has been put back in it's worth noting that it's not true, as stated, for neither store. You can't distribute GPL software through either of the stores but this doesn't apply if you're the copyright holder of the work itself. The GPL allows (mainly because it's your inalienable right under copyright law) to have multiple licenses. This means you can release your binary in the store under the Apple License and your source code under the GPL and you'd be perfectly able to release the app but nobody else would (as they'd have to work with GPL code, which doesn't allow it). Others would be able to compile and release your app, but not through the store. eduo (talk) 16:27, 13 December 2011 (UTC)


  1. ^David Murphy (8 January 2011). 'Apple Pulls VLC Player from App Store Due to GPL'. PC Magazine. Retrieved 8 January 2011.


It appears that developers have to pay a fee to Apple to have their software on App Store, even if it's free. And if it's not free, Apple takes a 30% cut. Both of these seem pretty major points about the App Store, and I cannot imagine why they are not included in the article. (talk) 18:32, 25 March 2011 (UTC)

Sole Update Method to Lion[edit]

Should something be mentioned about the Mac App Store being the only way to upgrade to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and that the 10.6.8 Update to Snow Leopard updated the app store to allow the Lion upgrade?Kylalak (talk) 02:42, 24 June 2011 (UTC)

Article should be renamed, and further linked to it's mobile counterpart.[edit]

The article should clearly be renamed, as the program is only called the 'App Store' on the dashboard, NOT the 'Mac App Store'. To be consistent with the other App Store article, it should be called 'App Store(Mac)' as the other article is called 'App Store(iOS)' and that would make things much more consistent and less confusing. There should also be a 'for the iOS version of the store, see App Store(iOS)' thing at the top, and the iOS article should also be connected here at it's top as well, with the same notation.Colliric (talk) 06:15, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

@Colliric: I believe that 'Mac App Store' is actually the correct name. Apple's promo page about the Mac App Store includes lines like 'With the Mac App Store built into OS X, getting the apps you want has never been easier' as well as has the header text 'The Mac App Store'. Compare this with Apple's promo page about the iOS App Store, which just calls it the App Store ('The App Store has the best selection of mobile apps'). Theopolisme(talk) 16:04, 16 November 2013 (UTC)
You are correct. Not only is 'Mac App Store' the common name, it's actually the official name as evidenced by Apples own web site. That's kind of a double edged sword. The only evidence presented is that it says 'App Store' on the Mac dashboard. That's not good enough.I couldn't move it back myself so I asked for a technical move back to the original name. That does not mean that an RM could not be requested however. JOJHutton 16:47, 16 November 2013 (UTC)
I can see that, yes. However it also specifically states 'The Mac App Store is just like the App Store for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch', meaning that it IS indeed ment to be interpreted as 'Mac (version of the) App Store', hence if the name is changed back, it still needs to be linked to the 'other version' at the top of the page, as Apple considers it the Mac version of the App Store, and on the computer itself it doesn't specifically say 'Mac App Store' only says 'App Store'. Colliric (talk) 21:34, 16 November 2013 (UTC)
Yes, the hatnote is currently there ('For the iOS version of the software, see App Store (iOS).') and vice versa on the iOS article ('For the OS X desktop app store, see Mac App Store.'). The correct title for this article is 'Mac App Store' (per above) and the correct title for the iOS article is 'App Store (iOS)', so I think we're a-ok here. Thanks, Theopolisme(talk) 22:51, 16 November 2013 (UTC)

I strongly disagree, as the two stores are for entirely different platforms. --Pauldunahoo (talk) 20:46, 1 December 2013 (UTC)


Apple seems to be rebranding it into App Store now. In Sierra, they dropped the “Mac” from several places now, e.g. Gatekeeper settings, App Store settings.–Totie (talk) 17:14, 5 January 2017 (UTC)

Needs Updates and Expansion[edit]

This article has remained nearly the same since the Mac App Store's introduction. As a result, it is time for this article to be updated and expanded. Please tag the article with the respective notices. --Pauldunahoo (talk) 20:47, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

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macOS Catalina introduces Voice Control, a new way to fully control your Mac entirely with your voice. Voice Control uses the Siri speech-recognition engine to improve on the Enhanced Dictation feature available in earlier versions of macOS.1

How to turn on Voice Control

After upgrading to macOS Catalina, follow these steps to turn on Voice Control:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Accessibility.
  2. Click Voice Control in the sidebar.
  3. Select Enable Voice Control. When you turn on Voice Control for the first time, your Mac completes a one-time download from Apple.2
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When Voice Control is enabled, you see an onscreen microphone representing the mic selected in Voice Control preferences.

To pause Voice Control and stop it from from listening, say ”Go to sleep” or click Sleep. To resume Voice Control, say or click ”Wake up.”

How to use Voice Control

Get to know Voice Control by reviewing the list of voice commands available to you: Say “Show commands” or ”Show me what I can say.” The list varies based on context, and you may discover variations not listed. To make it easier to know whether Voice Control heard your phrase as a command, you can select ”Play sound when command is recognized” in Voice Control preferences.

Basic navigation

Voice Control recognizes the names of many apps, labels, controls, and other onscreen items, so you can navigate by combining those names with certain commands. Here are some examples:

  • Open Pages: ”Open Pages.” Then create a new document: ”Click New Document.” Then choose one of the letter templates: 'Click Letter. Click Classic Letter.” Then save your document: ”Save document.”
  • Start a new message in Mail: ”Click New Message.” Then address it: ”John Appleseed.”
  • Turn on Dark Mode: ”Open System Preferences. Click General. Click Dark.” Then quit System Preferences: ”Quit System Preferences” or ”Close window.”
  • Restart your Mac: ”Click Apple menu. Click Restart” (or use the number overlay and say ”Click 8”).

You can also create your own voice commands.

Number overlays

Use number overlays to quickly interact with parts of the screen that Voice Control recognizes as clickable, such as menus, checkboxes, and buttons. To turn on number overlays, say ”Show numbers.” Then just say a number to click it.

Number overlays make it easy to interact with complex interfaces, such as web pages. For example, in your web browser you could say ”Search for Apple stores near me.” Then use the number overlay to choose one of the results: ”Show numbers. Click 64.” (If the name of the link is unique, you might also be able to click it without overlays by saying ”Click” and the name of the link.)

Voice Control automatically shows numbers in menus and wherever you need to distinguish between items that have the same name.

Grid overlays

Use grid overlays to interact with parts of the screen that don't have a control, or that Voice Control doesn't recognize as clickable.

Say “Show grid” to show a numbered grid on your screen, or ”Show window grid” to limit the grid to the active window. Say a grid number to subdivide that area of the grid, and repeat as needed to continue refining your selection.

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To click the item behind a grid number, say ”Click” and the number. Or say ”Zoom” and the number to zoom in on that area of the grid, then automatically hide the grid. You can also use grid numbers to drag a selected item from one area of the grid to another: ”Drag 3 to 14.”

To hide grid numbers, say ”Hide numbers.” To hide both numbers and grid, say ”Hide grid.”


When the cursor is in a document, email message, text message, or other text field, you can dictate continuously. Dictation converts your spoken words into text.

  • To enter a punctuation mark, symbol, or emoji, just speak its name, such as ”question mark” or ”percent sign” or ”happy emoji.” These may vary by language or dialect.
  • To move around and select text, you can use commands like ”Move up two sentences” or ”Move forward one paragraph” or ”Select previous word” or ”Select next paragraph.”
  • To format text, try ”Bold that” or ”Capitalize that,” for example. Say ”numeral” to format your next phrase as a number.
  • To delete text, you can choose from many delete commands. For example, say “delete that” and Voice Control knows to delete what you just typed. Or say ”Delete all” to delete everything and start over.

Voice Control understands contextual cues, so you can seamlessly transition between text dictation and commands. For example, to dictate and then send a birthday greeting in Messages, you could say ”Happy Birthday. Click Send.” Or to replace a phrase, say ”Replace I’m almost there with I just arrived.”

You can also create your own vocabulary for use with dictation.

Create your own voice commands and vocabulary

Create your own voice commands

  1. Open Voice Control preferences, such as by saying ”Open Voice Control preferences.”
  2. Click Commands or say ”Click Commands.” The complete list of all commands opens.
  3. To add a new command, click the add button (+) or say ”Click add.” Then configure these options to define the command:
    • When I say: Enter the word or phrase that you want to be able to speak to perform the action.
    • While using: Choose whether your Mac performs the action only when you're using a particular app.
    • Perform: Choose the action to perform. You can open a Finder item, open a URL, paste text, paste data from the clipboard, press a keyboard shortcut, select a menu item, or run an Automator workflow.
  4. Use the checkboxes to turn commands on or off. You can also select a command to find out whether other phrases work with that command. For example, “Undo that” works with several phrases, including “Undo this” and “Scratch that.”

To quickly add a new command, you can say ”Make this speakable.” Voice Control will help you configure the new command based on the context. For example, if you speak this command while a menu item is selected, Voice Control helps you make a command for choosing that menu item.


Create your own dictation vocabulary

  1. Open Voice Control preferences, such as by saying ”Open Voice Control preferences.”
  2. Click Vocabulary, or say ”Click Vocabulary.”
  3. Click the add button (+) or say ”Click add.”
  4. Type a new word or phrase as you want it to be entered when spoken.

Learn more

  • For the best performance when using Voice Control with a Mac notebook computer and an external display, keep your notebook lid open or use an external microphone.
  • All audio processing for Voice Control happens on your device, so your personal data is always kept private.
  • Use Voice Control on your iPhone or iPod touch.
  • Learn more about accessibility features in Apple products.

1. Voice Control uses the Siri speech-recognition engine for U.S. English only. Other languages and dialects use the speech-recognition engine previously available with Enhanced Dictation.

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2. If you're on a business or school network that uses a proxy server, Voice Control might not be able to download. Have your network administrator refer to the network ports used by Apple software products.