Make Your Mac Read to You
5 Quick Steps to Passive Listening (& My Favorite Settings)
Want to listen to text on a web page instead of reading it? Here’s how you do it, along with my personal settings. This article applies to OSX Yosemite 10.10.2:
Launch System Preferences on your Mac and select > ‘Dictation & Speech’
- Select the ‘Text to Speech’ tab.
- Select ‘Alex’ as the voice.
- Leave the speaking rate as ‘Normal’.
- Select the checkbox ‘Speak selected text when the key is pressed — Current key: * (Keypad). I don’t suggest changing this key, as most people rarely use it.
- This shows what the ‘Speak selected text…’ key is currently set to.
That’s it. Just browse to a web page that has text in it, highlight the the text you want to be ‘read back to you’ by your Mac and hit the * on the keypad (I do this on the keypad on my full sized keyboard — and you’re good to go.