macOS High Sierra

Announcements pane of the Verbosity category

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 dialogs.

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

Note: VO represents 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 dialog boxes

Hear labels and other text in dialogs.

Append phonetic pronunciation to single characters

Always hear characters read phonetically. For example, if VoiceOver is reading text by character, it reads “a alpha n november t tango.”

When status text changes under VoiceOver cursor

Click the pop-up menu, then 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

Click the pop-up menu, then choose how you want to hear progress indicator changes: Play Tone, Speak Update, or Do Nothing.

When number of rows change under VoiceOver cursor

Click the pop-up menu, then choose how you want to hear that rows are being added or removed: Play Tone, Speak Update, or Do Nothing.

Speak size and position in

Click the pop-up menu, then choose how you want to hear size and position: Inches, Millimeters, or Points.

Speak text under mouse after delay

Drag the slider toward Short or Long to specify how many seconds you want VoiceOver to wait before it speaks the text that’s under the pointer.