Mac Dictation Quotations

When I use Mac Dictate in Scrivener, saying Quote and End Quote, it adds " marks to the screen, but they are vertical up and down. Compare this to when I type them, and the front and end quotes point inward.

This would be no big deal if they showed up properly when I compiled, but this isn’t the case.

Is this a Scrivener bug? Is there any way I can fix or easily correct this?

I don’t know if it’s a bug, but you may resort to the Format| Convert| Quotes to Smart/Straight Quotes command at the end of your dictation. That should fix the wrongly entered quotes.

Hope this helps!

I would try the same test in TextEdit, and make sure Edit/Substitutions/Smart Quotes is checked off. When you type it should act just like Scrivener (it’s the same thing in fact). Now try with dictation, any different?

Which version of OS X?

I’d check the quote settings in OS X…

  1. Apple menu > System Preferences
  2. Keyboard > Text > Use smart quotes and dashes
  3. Double Quotes and Single Quotes > select your preferred quote styles
  4. Exit System Preferences

Makes any difference?

Thanks for the excellent suggestions everyone.

Looks like I’ll just have to do the “Convert Quotes to Smart” before compiling my finished novel.

No big deal. Much appreciated!