Spotlight is the search technology built into Mac OS X. With Spotlight and VoiceOver, you can search your computer for files, folders, emails and other items using just the keyboard.

VoiceOver is the screen reader built into Mac OS X. It includes Alex, an advanced system voice that closely resembles a human voice.

VoiceOver, the screenreader included with Mac OS X, ships with several voices. In addition to changing the voice used by VoiceOver, you can use the VoiceOver Utility to adjust other settings such as the speaking rate, pitch and intonation.

VoiceOver is the screen reader included with Mac OS X. To learn how to use VoiceOver to control your computer, you can view a VoiceOver Quick Start tutorial.

A good way to learn how to navigate with VoiceOver is to use the Tile Visuals feature to dim the contents of the screen while you practice using the various VoiceOver commands. While Tile Visuals is enabled you will only be able to see the contents of the VoiceOver cursor (the rectangle that defines the area VoiceOver will read back to you).

The VoiceOver verbosity settings determine how much detail VoiceOver will read back. These settings are accessed through the VoiceOver Utility found in the Seeing pane of the Universal Access preferences.

The Web Rotor provides an easier way to navigate a web page with VoiceOver using lists of headings, links, forms and other items on a web page.

The Dock provides shortcuts to frequently accessed programs and folders. This tutorial explains how to interact with the Dock while VoiceOver is turned on.

VoiceOver is the screen reader built into Mac OS X. Using the preferences in the VoiceOver Utility, VoiceOver can be customized to meet each student’s specific needs.

VoiceOver may have problems pronouncing certain words, such as acronyms and abbreviations, correctly. To make sure VoiceOver pronounces these items correctly you can adjust the pronunciation settings in the VoiceOver Utility.

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