macOS High Sierra

Text pane of the Verbosity category

Use the Text pane of the Verbosity category in VoiceOver Utility to customize the amount of punctuation, text, and text attributes you hear, among other options.

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

Note: VO represents the VoiceOver modifier.

Punctuation

Click the pop-up menu, then choose how much punctuation you want to hear:

All: Hear all special symbols and punctuation except for spaces. VoiceOver reads a sentence like this: “She turned and stopped comma then started walking again period”.

Some: Hear keyboard symbols and many math symbols, such as + (plus sign).

None: Hear text as you would normally read it, with pauses for commas and periods.

Repeated Punctuation

Click the pop-up menu, then choose how you want to hear repeated punctuation: always, with a count, or a specific number of times.

While typing speak

Click the pop-up menu, then choose what you want to hear while typing (called the “typing echo”): Characters, Words, Characters and Words, or Nothing.

When moving the cursor

Click the pop-up menu, then choose how you want to hear text when moving the VoiceOver cursor: “Speak text the cursor passes” or “Speak text to the right of the cursor.”

When text attributes change

Click the pop-up menu, then choose how you want to hear changes in text attributes: Do Nothing, Play Tone, or Speak Attributes.

When encountering a misspelled word

Click the pop-up menu, then choose how you want to hear misspelled words:

Do Nothing: Hear the word.

Play Tone: Hear a sound effect.

Speak Attributes: Hear “misspelled,” then the word.

Change Pitch: Lower the pitch.

When encountering a link/attachment

Click the pop-up menu, then choose how you want to hear links and attachments:

Speak: Hear “link,” then the link text, or “embedded,” then the attachment name.

Change Pitch: Hear the link text or attachment name in a different voice pitch.

Play Tone: Hear a sound effect.

Do Nothing: Hear the link text or attachment name.

Read numbers as

Click the pop-up menu, then choose how you want to hear numbers: Words or Digits.

When reading a capital letter

Click the pop-up menu, then choose how you want to hear uppercase letters or words that start with uppercase letters, depending on your settings for typing echo:

Change Pitch: Hear the letter or word in a different voice pitch than lowercase text.

Play Tone: Hear a sound effect.

Speak Cap: Hear “cap,” then the letter or word.

Do Nothing: Hear the letter or word.

When deleting text

Click the pop-up menu, then choose how you want to hear text that you’re deleting:

Change Pitch: Hear the text you’re deleting in a different voice pitch than other text.

Play Tone: Hear a sound effect.

Speak: Hear “deleting,” then the text you’re deleting.

Do Nothing: Hear the text you’re deleting.