macOS High Sierra

Change voice settings

Change the speaking voice used by VoiceOver, and settings such as rate or pitch.

Note: VO represents the VoiceOver modifier.

  1. To hear the first setting, press VO-Command-Shift-Right Arrow.

  2. Continue to press VO-Command-Shift-Right Arrow until you hear the setting you want to adjust.

  3. To increase the setting’s value, press VO-Command-Shift-Up Arrow. To decrease the value, press VO-Command-Shift-Down Arrow.

    The new settings are applied only to the default voice.

To customize voice settings for your default language and additional languages, open VoiceOver Utility (press VO-F8 when VoiceOver is on), click the Speech category, then click Voices.

When you install voices that are compatible with macOS, they are installed in /Library/Speech/Voices so they are available to all users of your Mac.

If you’re using portable preferences on a guest computer when you change voice settings, the settings are saved to the portable preferences drive and not to the guest computer.