If text is selected when you press the keyboard shortcut, the selected text is spoken. Otherwise, available text items in the current window are spoken; for example, if Mail is the current window, an email message is read.
If you set the option to automatically show the controller, it appears onscreen when your Mac starts speaking. Use the controller to change the speaking rate, move forward or backward one sentence in the text, pause and resume speaking, or stop speaking.
The controller is especially useful when your Mac is reading long pieces of text. You can use the controller to pause, resume, or stop the speaking, change the speaking rate, and skip ahead or backward in the text.
The excellent Mac OS text to speech function can be activated with a simple keystroke, but first you have to enable the feature. This is a great trick because it allows you to quickly speak what is in on the Mac screen like a document, PDF file, ebook, or web page, and all it takes is a keyboard shortcut to speak the text that is selected or in the active document.
You can immediately test this out by going to any document or web page and selecting text (or selecting all with Command + A if you want to keep entirely to keystrokes) and then hitting OPTION + ESC keys to begin speaking the text.
When using this method, the text will not be highlighted as it is being read aloud and the Speak selection controller will not be available. Note: This right-click option is not available in all applications.
The default keyboard shortcut for Speak selection is Option + Esc. However, you can change the shortcut by clicking the Options button beside Speak selection, then typing a different keyboard shortcut in the text box.
You have the option to modify how to want the text to appear while your Mac speaks it aloud. That is, you can opt to have spoken words and sentences underlined or highlighted, or nothing. You can also customize their colors.
I particularly find it useful when I want to listen to something and type at the same time, because rather than having to read and type at the same time, which involves looking back and forth, having the text read aloud to me lets me remain focused on my typing.
With this feature turned on, you can now use the keyboard shortcut whenever text is selected to have your Mac speak it aloud. The default shortcut is pressing Option + Esc on your keyboard, but you can change it to anything.
Select the Speak selected text when the key is pressed check box, and then click Set Key to assign a keyboard shortcut that you want to use to hear text read aloud. The default keyboard shortcut is Option+Esc.
Text-to-speech (TTS) is the ability of your computer to play back written text as spoken words. Depending upon your configuration and installed TTS engines, you can hear most text that appears on your screen in Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and OneNote. For example, if you're using the English version of Office, the English TTS engine is automatically installed. To use text-to-speech in different languages, see Using the Speak feature with Multilingual TTS.
After you have added the Speak command to your Quick Access Toolbar, you can hear single words or blocks of text read aloud by selecting the text you want to hear and then clicking the Speak icon on the Quick Access Toolbar.
This is useful if you want to check the flow of your own writing or if you simply want to listen to content rather than read it. You can use this on web pages, emails, documents and pretty much anywhere that you can select text.
MacOS and iOS also have built-in Text to Speech Options which will read selected text when the user presses a user defined Shortcut Key. With each release of MacOS and iOS the feature gets better. In some cases, it is easier to use than more feature rich applications like Read&Write.
You may think you have to wait for Siri to appear in macOS Sierra before you can talk to your Mac, but your Mac already has a way to listen to everything you say and to turn what it hears into text. You can enable this feature, which supports over 30 languages and many more dialects, using the Dictation & Speech preference in System Preferences.
° Perform: Choose the action to perform. You can open a Finder item, open a URL, paste text, paste data from the clipboard, press a keyboard shortcut, select a menu item, or run an Automator workflow.
Its key feature is: You can generate text from your voice easily on a Mac laptop or Desktop. When you switch this feature, you can speak out your written notes and convert them into a document. If you think your typing speed is slower than expected then maybe dictation would be a new option.
But before you can take advantage of dictation, you'll have to enable it. After that, it works similarly as any voice-to-text feature, any you may be able to access more in-depth voice commands to format your document.
The tool, known as Dictation, lets you use your voice to type pretty much anywhere on your computer -- which Siri can't do. Siri does have a voice-to-text feature, but it only works with native applications like Mail and Messages. Dictation, on the other hand, works in any app or service on your Mac, meaning you could write an essay in Microsoft Word or leave a comment on YouTube in Safari -- with only your voice.
2. Next, navigate to the menu bar and click Edit > Start Dictation. As soon as you do, a small microphone icon next to your cursor will appear. As you speak, you'll see the volume control in the microphone go up and down, indicating the strength of your voice. You should also see text populating the area where your cursor is, after you speak.
Finally, like in the first step, navigate to whatever app has a text field, like Gmail or Pages, click anywhere in that text field and enter the keyboard command to turn on Dictation. As you speak, text should appear.
If you want to dictate text instead of typing, turn on Windows Speech Recognition; go to Settings > Time & Language > Speech > Microphone > Get Started. Say, "Start listening," or press Win+H to bring up the dictation toolbar. For help using voice recognition for dictation, browse this list of standard Windows Speech Recognition commands.
Arrow keys, in Finder: moves up, down, right or left to next item. In text, up/down moves to previous or next line, right/left, moves to next or previous word. In web, right/left moves to next or previous element, up/down does nothing.The Home and End keys move to the top or bottom of the area (such as a window or text area) where the VoiceOver cursor is located, scrolling if necessary. Page Up and Page Down read the previous and next page, respectively. On portable computers, you may need to press the Fn/Globe key with the arrow keys for Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down.
a VO, read all. Reads contents of VO cursor. When interacting with text, reads from the VoiceOver cursor to bottom of text. +shift, select text in VoiceOver cursor. +Command, speak current search text in find mode. +Shift-Command, not mapped.
c VO, read character or column header. Press twice to; in text - hear character phonetically. in tables - hear the contents of a column from the VoiceOver cursor to the bottom of the column. +Shift, copy last phrase to pasteboard. +Command, find next text with different attributes. +Shift-Command, find previous text with different attributes.
Arrow keys VO, in Finder: moves up, down, right or left to next item. In text, up/down moves to previous or next line, right/left, moves to next or previous word. In web, right/left moves to next or previous element, up/down navigates by Rotor setting. +Shift, in text; right and left moves focus by character. Everywhere; up and down interacts/uninteracts with areas. +Command, right and left; rotates Voiceover rotor, up and down; moves through rotor items. +Shift-Command, Voiceover speech settings.
Although pressing that key combination again stops the playback, it resets the speaker to the start of the highlighted text. So if I do the key-combo a third time to resume, it starts all over at the top.
I know you don't wish to use the full 'VoiceOver' mode, but really, that's the best level of control you have. All the user does is simply turn on 'VoiceOver', navigate to the text they want to read, and it, well reads it. If they wish to pause the reading, they can press Ctrl on the keyboard, and it pauses. To resume, it's just a matter of hitting Ctrl again on the keyboard.
Essentially, just load up the extension, select text on the page, and click the little icon in Chrome; it will then convert the text to speech, and you can pause/resume, by simply clicking on the nice big pause/resume button.
Keyboard shortcuts are specific combinations of two or more keys on your keyboard. They make it easier and faster for you to use commands that you would otherwise have to access via the menus. You can use keyboard shortcuts to easily quit Skype, send a file, copy text and a lot more.
Windows 10 has a built-in application known as Narrator.This acts as both a screen reader and a text-to-speech (TTS) tool. Narrator is a general purpose application that can work with most apps that contain selectable text.
I have two problems with the new update software to Maverick. I use the text to speak feature quite often because I have dyslexia in reading is a challenge sometimes. With the new update to pages that text to speech function is almost disabled. In other areas of the computer software I can use a shortcut keyboard command to speak highlighted items on the screen. This is disabled in pages. By second problem is there is an echo whenever I use the text to speak function in other areas of the software. I have looked around under system preferences to see if there is something I can do. I have not had any success with that. 2b1af7f3a8