I looked through the keyboard shortcuts in System Settings and found no shortcut mapped to “5”. I also don’t understand why F4, F5 AND F6 (and as I type this, the number “6” seems to have joined the party…) would trigger this prompt.
Has anyone seen similar behavior? I’m running macOS 12.4. (I want to grab 12.5.1 but have to wait for my employer to fix their proxy config first).
It’s probably not the number keys, but perhaps something else you’re doing that you’re unaware of.
Have a look at System Preferences | Keyboard | Dictation, and see if there is a shortcut enabled to turn on Dictation. You might be, for example, accidentally pressing Fn twice, etc. when using the number or F keys.
The microphone key (F5) is the default button to start dictation, if you have it enabled. It looks like you do not have dictation enabled.
However, the real problem is that pressing keys in one area of your keyboard is activating the microphone key. This seems like a hardware issue.
Older laptops were notorious for developing weird trackpad and sometimes spacebar issues when their batteries swelled. So maybe something similar is happening here — something pressing on the keyboard? Might be time for a call to Apple.
Try Customize… if there isn’t an ‘off’ option there, try setting it to something you’ll never accidentally press. Not at my computer, so don’t know the options available, but something like CTRL+Shift+Option+?
I have this problem, too, and it doesn’t appear to be a hardware problem. I have a MacBook Pro 16" that I use with three Apple Magic Keyboards including the one with Touch ID. This happens with all of them. I get this notice when I am making too many typing errors. I suspect it might be a feature in the MACOS intended to help poor typists such as myself. Not a bad idea, but it is annoying to keep getting interrupted with the prompt when I am trying to correct my typos.