macOS High Sierra

Speech pane of the Verbosity category

Use the Speech pane of the Verbosity category in VoiceOver Utility to specify the default verbosity level and a verbosity level for items, such as apps, checkboxes, headings, images, and more.

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

Note: VO represents the VoiceOver modifier.

Default Speech Verbosity

Click the pop-up menu, then choose the default verbosity level for items on the screen.

Additional options button

Click the additional options button to display a list of controls for which you can individually set a verbosity level. Click a control’s Verbosity pop-up menu, then choose a verbosity level: Default, Low, Medium, or High.

To customize or reorder the information VoiceOver provides (for example, to hear Status first), choose Custom from the control’s Verbosity pop-up menu, then follow the instructions that appear.

To use the Verbosity rotor to change the default verbosity level while working, press VO-V.