Announcements, Verbosity category, VoiceOver Utility on Mac
Use the Announcements pane of the Verbosity category in VoiceOver Utility to specify when you want VoiceOver to announce certain events, such as when a modifier key is pressed, and when to speak certain text, such as labels in dialogues.
To open VoiceOver Utility, press Command-F5 to turn VoiceOver on, then press VO-F8.
Note: VO represents the VoiceOver modifier. See Use the VoiceOver modifier.
Announce when mouse cursor enters a window
Hear when the pointer goes to a window. This setting is useful if you use the mouse pointer independently of the VoiceOver cursor and keyboard focus.
Announce when a modifier key is pressed
Hear when you press a modifier key. This setting is useful while you learn VoiceOver commands and want to confirm the keys you press.
Announce when the Caps Lock key is pressed
Hear when you press the key that makes all letters uppercase. This setting is useful if you press the key inadvertently and are typing everything in uppercase.
To be able to use the Caps Lock key for typing uppercase letters when the VoiceOver modifier is set to Caps Lock, quickly press the Caps Lock key twice.
Speak header when navigating across a table row
Hear header text in a table row. This setting is useful for identifying the type of content in a row.
Automatically speak text in dialogue boxes
Hear labels and other text in dialogues.
Speak Zoom magnification changes
Hear when the magnification level for zoom changes.
Speak VoiceOver cursor magnification changes
Hear when the magnification level for the VoiceOver cursor changes.
When status text changes under VoiceOver cursor
Choose how you want to hear changes in status text (such as the percentage complete of an app installation): Play Tone, Speak Text or Do Nothing.
When progress indicator changes under VoiceOver cursor
Choose how you want to hear progress indicator changes: Play Tone, Speak Update or Do Nothing.
When number of rows change under VoiceOver cursor
Choose how you want to hear that rows are being added or removed: Play Tone, Speak Update or Do Nothing.
When system dialogues are displayed
Choose how you want to hear that system dialogues (such as alerts) are being displayed: Play Tone, Speak & Play Tone or Do Nothing.
If you choose Play Tone or Speak & Play Tone, VoiceOver notifies you every 30 seconds that a system dialogue is displayed.
You can quickly access system dialogues using the Window Chooser (press VO-F2-F2).
Speak size and position in
Choose how you want to hear size and position: Inches, Millimetres or Points.
Speak text under mouse after delay
Have VoiceOver wait for several seconds before speaking the text that’s under the pointer.
To set how many seconds VoiceOver waits, drag the slider towards Short or Long.