Fixing macOS Dictation without reboot

Often when I’m in the middle of a story, macOS’s built in dictation will stop working and I have to reboot the entire machine to fix it. Needless to say, this is incredibly frustrating. After some digging for the hundredth time, I stumbled across a solution.

In run the following command:

killall -9 DictationIM

This will restart the process that handles dictation and it should start working again when you use the keyboard shortcut. I use the default: Press Fn (Function) Key Twice.

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Kayode Lycaon (Kay·o·deh Lie·kay·on) is a gregarious painted wolf living in the questionable habitat of southwestern Ohio. By day, he pretends to be a human, writing software. At night, his paws weave stories from threads spun from the fertile grounds of his imagination.