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VoiceOver

The Mac has always been able to read stuff on the screen out loud. But in Tiger, Apple took this feature light-years farther, turning it into a full-blown screen reader for the benefit of people who can’t see. VoiceOver doesn’t just read every scrap of text it finds on the screen—it also lets you control everything on the screen (menus, buttons, and so on) without ever needing the mouse.

Up to Speed: For Laptop Lovers Only

Tons of the special VoiceOver keystrokes require the use of an F-key (like F2 or F5). If you have a PowerBook or iBook, though, the F-keys come wired to functions like adjusting the speaker volume or screen brightness. The VoiceOver keystrokes won’t work, in other words, unless you also press the Fn key at the lower-left corner of the keyboard.


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