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Part 5. Customizing Your Mac > Reading Aloud with VoiceOver

Reading Aloud with VoiceOver

Choose Apple menu, System Preferences.

Click Speech.

In the Text to Speech tab, check Speak selected text when the key is pressed; then click Set Key.

Press the key combination you want to use, such as -Ctrl-S.

INTRODUCTION

VoiceOver is Mac OS X's new set of voice control features, intended for use by people who can't use a mouse or keyboard. Among other cool uses, VoiceOver can read web pages, Mail messages, and word processing files to you—things that anyone's bound to find useful at some point.


TIP

Guided by Voices

If you don't like the way your Mac sounds when it talks, you can return to the Speech settings in the System Preferences and change the voice and speed it uses.


HINT

Watch Those Keys

Be sure to use an unusual keyboard combination in step 4—one that isn't already in use for a function you perform often.


Click OK.

Click the Close button to quit System Preferences.

Select the text you want your Mac to read.

Press the keyboard command you chose in step 4.


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