macOS High Sierra

Activities category

Use the Activities category in VoiceOver Utility to set up activities, or groups of preferences, for specific uses, apps, or websites. For example, you can create an activity to use a certain voice and faster speaking rate when you shop online; then create a second activity to use a different voice and slower speaking rate when you read online articles.

To open VoiceOver Utility, press Command-F5 to turn VoiceOver on, then press VO-F8.

Note: VO represents the VoiceOver modifier.

Activities list

Select an activity to display or change its settings. When creating an activity, type its name in the list.

Settings

Select the checkbox for the Verbosity, Web, or Hot Spots setting to include it in the activity.

To show additional settings, click the Additional Settings button located to the far right of Hot Spots. To hide the settings, click the button again.

Set

Customize a setting’s options.

Use this activity for Apps & Websites

Browse for and choose an app or website to associate with the activity. The activity is automatically used whenever you open the app or website. An app or website can be associated with only one activity at a time.

Add button , Remove button

Create a new activity, or delete an activity from the list.

Duplicate Activity

Click the Action pop-up menu , then choose this command to create a duplicate of the currently selected activity. This command is a fast way to create an activity that differs only slightly from an existing activity (for example, only the voice differs).

If you duplicate an activity that has an app associated with it, the association is not duplicated; an app can be associated with only one activity at a time.

Reset Activity to My Current VoiceOver Settings

Click the Action pop-up menu, then choose this command to change the selected activity to have the same settings you specified throughout VoiceOver Utility. This command is useful if you don’t like how you customized an activity and want to start over with settings that match all of your current VoiceOver settings.

Reset Activity to VoiceOver Default Settings

Click the Action pop-up menu, then choose this command to change the selected activity to the default VoiceOver settings.