OS X Yosemite: Change your computer’s voice

Change your computer’s voice

You can change the voice your Mac uses to speak text in a window or an alert message.

Choose a voice

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Dictation & Speech, then click Text to Speech.

  2. Click the pop-up menu, then choose a voice.

  3. You can adjust how fast the voice speaks by dragging the Speaking Rate slider.

  4. Click Play to test the voice and speaking rate.

Add a new voice

You can add voices to the System Voice pop-up menu. If you add a voice that’s not on your Mac, it’s automatically downloaded from Apple.

  1. In the Text to Speech pane of Dictation & Speech preferences, choose Customize from the bottom of the System Voice pop-up menu (choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Dictation & Speech, then click Text to Speech).

  2. Select the checkbox beside the voices you want to add.

    To find a voice, enter its name, country, or language in the search field.

    To sample a voice, select it, then click Play.

  3. Click OK.

  4. Click the System Voice pop-up menu, then choose the voice.

    The voice appears in the menu when the download is complete.

Delete a downloaded voice

You can delete a voice that you downloaded to your Mac.

  1. In the Text to Speech pane of Dictation & Speech preferences, choose Customize from the bottom of the System Voice pop-up menu (choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Dictation & Speech, then click Text to Speech).

  2. Deselect the checkbox beside the voice you want to delete.

  3. Click OK, then click Delete.

Published Date: Sep 23, 2015
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