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Speech Commands

Speech Commands Module 1 provides speech control for various actions, including task selection, speaking, setting priorities and status, sorting, and other actions. The speech control uses the Mac OS X Speakable Items system (in System Preferences / Accessibility).

Speech Commands Module 1 is an In App Purchase. To purchase the Speech Commands module, choose Purchase Speech Commands Module in the File menu.


Setup your system for speech commands >


Speech Commands formatted for printing >

Additional Speech Commands

The Speakable Items system in OS X also provides access to other commands in the app, such as the ability to open menus and choose menu commands. See the Menu Bar section in the Speech Commands panel.

The Front Window commands include additional commands. When the Document Settings drawer is open, additional commands appear the Speech Commands window corresponding to controls in the drawer, depending on which view is visible, List or Timeline.

Text-To-Speech Configuration

To configure Text-To-Speech for use in TaskInsight, open System Preferences in the Apple menu or the Dock.

Choose Dictation & Speech and choose the Text to Speech panel.

Choose the desired System Voice and Speaking Rate.

Using Speech Commands with AppleScript

AppleScript scripts can be triggered with speech and can perform many functions on TaskInsight tasks and views. See TaskInsight: AppleScript for more info.

Speech Commands:


What can I say?
[Show | hide] speech reference
Go to [today | bottom | top]
Move page [left | right | up | down]
Show [timeline view | list view | help]
Zoom [in | out | in more | out more]
Open <document name>
Go to [first | next | previous] document
[Show | hide] recent documents
Open preferences
Open URLs (opens any URLs in selected tasks)


Select [first | last | next | previous] task
Select all
Skip [forward | backward] [five | ten] tasks

Create and Delete Tasks

Make new task
Dictate new task
Edit [first | next | previous] field
Stop editing
Delete selected tasks

Modify tasks

Set label to <label name>
Set start date to now
Set priority to [one | two | three | four | five ]
Set status to [done | not done]
Set [start | due] date to [now | today | tomorrow | next week | next month | next year]
Set [start | due] time to <number> [AM | PM]
Shift [forward | back] 1 [day | week | month | year]
Shift [forward | back] [5 | 15 | 30] minutes
Shift [forward | back] [1 | 4 | 8] hours
Set duration to [1 | 5 | 10 | 15 | 30 | 45] minutes
Set duration to [1 | 2 | 4 | 8 | 12] hours
Set duration to [1 | 2] days
Set duration to [1 | 2] weeks


Say [this | first | last | next | previous] task
Say the next [five | ten] tasks
Say [start | due | completed | created | modified] date
Say [label | status | priority | percent done | task details]
[Say | show] existing labels


Sort by [task | label | priority | status | percent done | start date | due date | completed date | created date | modified date]


Show [all tasks | tasks to do | uncompleted tasks | completed tasks]
Show tasks [due | starting] [today | tomorrow]
Show tasks completed [today | yesterday]
Search for label <label name>
Show priority [one | two | three | four | five] tasks
Dictate search

Change the Display

Colorize priority
Hide other applications
Hide the toolbar
Hide [detail | documents | settings | toolbar]
Make text [larger | smaller | very small | normal size | large | very large ]
Show [task | label | status | priority | percent done] column
Show [start | due | completed | created | modified] date column
Show [dates | times | document settings]
Make window [full screen | normal size | larger | smaller | taller | shorter | wider | narrower]
Move window to [left half | right half | top half | bottom half | center]
Tile windows


To view the speech commands reference in TaskInsight, choose App Speech Commands in the Window menu, or if speech commands is turned on, then say “Show App Speech Commands”.

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