How To Use Speech Accessibility Features On Your Mac

In System Preferences you can select from a variety of voices that are used when you have text read aloud to you on your Mac. You can also set a keyboard shortcut to read selected text. Another option will automatically read alerts out loud after a delay. This can be handy for recognizing when there is a problem or warning.

Comments: 5 Responses to “How To Use Speech Accessibility Features On Your Mac”

    6 years ago

    Years ago I reassigned 'speak selected text' to F19 on my wired extended keyboard. I use it daily; it's super for reading back document 'drafts' & whatnot, or just reading newspaper articles & the like while I'm up to something else in the area.

    6 years ago

    Hi, Is there a way to switch voices on the fly. I also use F19 but I am bilingual and often read in another language.

    6 years ago

    JP: Not sure what you mean by "on the fly" -- it is pretty easy to change the voice.

    Helen Kohn
    6 years ago

    Gary, I would like to set a voice reminder for every 20min. To get up and take a break! I would like to use my own voice. How can I do this on my iMac and iPad?
    Many thank

    6 years ago

    Helen: You'll probably need an app for that. Search the Mac App Store for "break reminder" and a bunch of things come up.

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