How to Do Text to Speech on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Have you ever wondered how to make your Mac read text out loud? Whether you have a long article to proofread or simply want to listen to an e-book while doing other tasks, the text-to-speech feature on Mac can be incredibly helpful. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the process of enabling and using the text-to-speech feature on your Mac.

Enabling Text-to-Speech on Mac

To get started, follow these simple steps:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.
  3. In the System Preferences window, click on “Accessibility”.
  4. In the left sidebar, click on “Speech”.
  5. Check the box next to “Speak selected text when the key is pressed”.
    • Note: By default, the key combination is set to Option + Esc. However, you can customize it by clicking on “Change Key” and selecting a different combination.
  6. Close the System Preferences window.

Congratulations! You have successfully enabled the text-to-speech feature on your Mac. Now let’s dive into how to use it.

Using Text-to-Speech on Mac

To make your Mac read selected text out loud, follow these steps:

  1. Select the desired text.

    • Note: You can select text from any application that supports text selection, such as Safari, Pages, or TextEdit.
  2. Press the key combination you set in the System Preferences.

    • Note: If you didn’t customize the key combination, press Option + Esc.

That’s it! Your Mac will now read the selected text using its built-in speech synthesizer. You can sit back and relax while your Mac does all the reading for you.

Customizing Text-to-Speech Settings

If you want to customize the voice or other settings of the text-to-speech feature on your Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. To change the voice:

    • Click on the “System Voice” dropdown menu.
    • Select a different voice from the available options.
  3. To adjust other settings:

    • Use the sliders and checkboxes to modify speaking rate, volume, and more according to your preferences.

You can experiment with different voices and settings until you find the perfect combination for your needs.

Text-to-speech is undoubtedly a powerful feature that can enhance your productivity and accessibility on your Mac. Now that you know how to enable, use, and customize it, you can take full advantage of this handy feature.

Happy listening!

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