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.

To change the verbosity settings for VoiceOver:

  1. Choose Apple, System Preferences, Universal Access.
    System Preferences window with Universal Access highlighted.
  2. In the Seeing pane, choose Open VoiceOver Utility.
    Seeing pane of Universal Access window with VoiceOver Utility button highlighted.
  3. Select the Verbosity pane from the categories on the left side of the window.
    Verbosity pane of VoiceOver utility window.
  4. In the General tab of the Verbosity pane, use the Default Verbosity menu to select a verbosity level. This is the amount of detail VoiceOver will read back to you.
    Three options for verbosity level: High, Medium, and Low.
  5. In the Text tab, use the pulldown menus to adjust how VoiceOver will handle punctuation, typing, links, numbers, capital letters and other text.
    Options in Text tab of Verbosity pane.

A more complete description of each verbosity setting is available on this PDF document.

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