Pause or mute VoiceOver on Mac
Temporarily pause VoiceOver when it’s speaking, or mute it altogether.
Note: VO represents the VoiceOver modifier.
Pause or resume speech
To pause or resume speech on your Mac, do one of the following:
Press the Control key.
When the VoiceOver modifier is the Caps Lock key, press that key.
When the Trackpad Commander is enabled, tap with two fingers on the trackpad.
To mute speech on your Mac, do one of the following:
Press VO-Command-Shift-Right Arrow until you hear Volume, then press VO-Command-Shift-Down Arrow repeatedly to lower and eventually mute VoiceOver.
Open VoiceOver Utility (press VO-F8 when VoiceOver is on), click the Speech category, click Voices, then select Mute speech.
If you move the VoiceOver cursor after speech is paused, VoiceOver begins speaking the item that’s in the VoiceOver cursor.