How to Turn Off Voice Over on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of the Voice Over feature on your Mac constantly narrating everything you do? Whether it’s accidentally triggering it or simply finding it annoying, you’ll be relieved to know that turning off Voice Over is a simple process. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the steps to disable Voice Over on your Mac.

Step 1: Accessing System Preferences

To begin, click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut by pressing Command + Space, typing “System Preferences,” and hitting Enter/Return.

Step 2: Navigating to Accessibility Settings

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the Accessibility icon. This will open a new window with various accessibility options.

Step 3: Disabling Voice Over

In the left sidebar of the Accessibility window, scroll down until you find Voice Over. Click on it to select it.

If Voice Over is currently enabled, uncheck the box next to “Enable VoiceOver”. Alternatively, if Voice Over is disabled but still activating unintentionally, ensure that the box next to “Enable VoiceOver” remains unchecked.


If you’re unable to navigate through these steps due to Voice Over’s interference, press and hold down both Command + Option (Alt), then press F5. This will toggle Voice Over off temporarily so that you can follow these instructions without distractions.

Step 4: Confirming Changes

After disabling Voice Over, close the Accessibility window by clicking the red “x” button in the top-left corner. Your changes will be saved automatically.


Congratulations! You’ve successfully turned off Voice Over on your Mac.

Now you can navigate your computer without the constant narration. If you ever need to re-enable Voice Over in the future, simply follow the same steps and check the box next to “Enable VoiceOver. “

Remember, accessibility features like Voice Over are designed to assist users with specific needs. If you or someone else relies on Voice Over for accessibility purposes, it’s essential to consider alternative solutions or consult with a specialist before disabling it permanently.

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