How to Make a Mac Talk to You



 This instructable will show you how to make a mac talk to you.

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Step 1: First

 The first thing you need to do is go into system preferences and click speach.

Sorry about the pictures, I don't have that good of a camera

Step 2: Second

 Next you need to chose what voice you want it to read to you with. You can also chose the speed that it will read to you. After you do that you can press the play button (to the right of the speed bar) so you can hear the voice.

Step 3: Third

 After you do that go down and click on the set key button. Chose the key(s) you want to use to command a mac to read to you. Click OK and exit out of the window.

Step 4: Fourth

Then when you have some really long page that you want your mac to read to you, Hi-light the text and press the command you entered. (if this doesn't work read through step 3 again)

Step 5: Practice

 If you want you can practice on the sentences below:

The dog barked at the passing car.

The boy loved to play Video Games.

The person in the car honked at the crazy truck driver.

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    Do you know when this feature was first introduced? I'm thinking Macs have had it for more than 10 years...?


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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, that's how most people find it - it isn't much actual use (as opposed to "fun") unless your blind(?). But it's been around for years, hidden away in Mac OS, and surely before Windows had it?



    9 years ago on Introduction

     I noticed your comment about now having a very good camera, I thought I should point out that Mac OS X has a several built in tools for taking screenshots. One tool is called "Grab" it is found under /Applications/Utilities/ and the other is just a few different keyboard commands:
    Full Screen -  Command + Shift + 3
    Section of the Screen -  Command + Shift + 4
    Specific Window -  Command + Shift + 4 + Space Bar

    Hopeful this was helpful.

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