I don't know what I did but there's now a narrator to everything I do!

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  1. james6000 macrumors member

    james6000

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    As said in the title. For some reason my computer is now narrating everything I do on the computer such as saying "Firefox, File, Bookmarks, Scroll Bar" etc. I'm sure I didn't change anything in system preferences.

    Does anyone know how I can switch this off?
     
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Go to Univeral Access in System Preferences and turn VoiceOver off.
     
  3. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    You've turned on Voiceover I imagine, go to System Preferences==>Universal Access==>Voiceover Off to switch it off.

    EDIT: Dammit beaten by BV, playing with Voiceover was too much fun.
     
  4. kwood macrumors 6502a

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    You probably hit the keyboard short cut for Voice Over. I have mine turned off from System Preferences>Keyboard & Mouse>Keyboard Shortcuts. That way it never turns on accidentally.
     
  5. james6000 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for that. It was unbelievably annoying.

    I wonder how I turned it on then since I've never seen that window. Maybe, somehow, I accidentally inserted the the shortcut to turn it on?
     
  6. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Command-F5 turns it on, very easy to make that error.

    Whatever you do, don't press Control-Option-Command-8.
     
  7. james6000 thread starter macrumors member

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    Why? What does that do? Saying that is just teasing people
     
  8. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    It just turns your screen colors into their negatives.
     
  9. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    That's cool, unfortunately you can't screenshot it.
     
  10. njmac macrumors 68000

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    I think that was the point :)

    It just reverses the colors, go ahead and try it.
     
  11. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Go ahead and try it. You can just toggle it back off after you check it out.

    Take a look here for a ton of keyboard shortcuts.
     
  12. james6000 thread starter macrumors member

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    Tried it. Was cool. For about 2 secs. Why would anyone use that?
     
  13. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    It's intended for those with impaired vision.
     
  14. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    If you look around the Universal Access System Preference, you will see a lot of ways in which Apple help those with disabilities.
     
  15. LumbermanSVO macrumors 65816

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    I use the reverse colors when I've been doing a lot of reading and my eyes are getting sore/tired.
     
  16. joepunk macrumors 68030

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    I liked using the Control-Option-Command-8 sometimes when I was around other laptop users at Uni.
     

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