The Text to Speech feature is useful for users who have low vision but do not use a screenreader.

  1. Choose Apple, System Preferences, Speech.
  2. System Preferences window with Speech option highlighted.

  3. Select the Text to Speech pane.
  4. Speech window with Text to Speech tab selected.

  5. Use the pulldown menu at the top of the Text to Speech pane to select a voice. The slider allows you to select the speaking rate that works best for you. To preview the voice and speaking rate, click on the Play button.Text to Speech Pane with Voice Settings section and Play button highlighted.
  6. Check the box next to “Speak selected text when the key is pressed” and click on Set Key.Speak selected items when key is pressed option and Set Key button highlighted in Text to Speech pane.
  7. Click in the text field inside the popup window and press the keys you want to use for your Text to Speech keyboard shortcut, then click on OK.Set key window of Text to Speech feature.
  8. To use the text to speech feature, select the text you want to hear and press the keyboard shortcut you set up in the Text to Speech preferences. The same keyboard shortcut will stop the Text to Speech feature.
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