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OS X Mavericks: Text to Speech preferences

Text to Speech preferences

Use Text to Speech preferences to have your Mac speak the text in dialogs and alert messages and notify you when an app needs you to perform an action.

Option Description

System Voice

Choose a voice to speak text and alerts.

Speaking Rate

Set the speed at which text is spoken. Click the Play button to hear sample spoken text.

Announce when alerts are displayed

Have your Mac announce when alerts are shown. Click Set Alert Options to specify the voice used for alerts; the phrase (such as the app name or “Attention!”) to speak before the alerts; and how long your Mac waits before it speaks the alert.

Speak selected text when the key is pressed

Select to have text in the current window spoken when you press the specified key.

To customize, click Change Key, then press the key combination you want to use. (For example, press the Option and Tab keys together to change to Option+Tab.)

Last Modified: May 8, 2014
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