Shortcut to invoke speech commands

Discussion in 'macOS' started by eoinmcd, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. eoinmcd macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2007
    hi all

    Im new to the mac and I'm looking to find out if there is a keyboard shortcut I can use to have my macbook read out selected text to me other than me having to go the the services menu
  2. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    You can make one.

    In System Preferences, under Keyboard & Mouse, click on the Keyboard Shortcuts tab. Scroll down to the bottom of the list and click on the Application Keyboard Shortcuts line. Click the + button and fill it in as follows. Application: All Applications, Menu Title: Start Speaking Text, Keyboard Shortcut: press the combination you want to use (shift-control-apple-S for one example, or some other combination you prefer that isn't likely to be used by other apps).

    You will need to quit and restart apps before the new shortcut will work.
  3. eoinmcd thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2007
    thank you

    thanks for that , I'll try it when I get home
  4. FightingEntropy macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2008
    Charlottesville, VA
    Worked immediately in Safari, Mac OS 10.5.6

    Just to confirm, entering "Start Speaking Text" as the menu command does indeed make a functional keyboard shortcut.

  5. ntmq macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2011
    Go to System Preferences --> Speech --> Text to Speech tab
    And check on : Speak selected text when the key is pressed.
    Current key is : Option + Esc
    You can change key if you want.

    Hope it useful.

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