Here are my personal Text to Speech settings. This offers a great starting point for you to start comfortably listening to your webpages.

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’

  1. Select the ‘Text to Speech’ tab.
  2. Select ‘Alex’ as the voice.
  3. Leave the speaking rate as ‘Normal’.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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