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Using Apple OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion) Speech for Text-to-Speech (Mac)


Using Apple OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion) Speech for Text-to-Speech

The Macintosh text-to-speech option can be used to provide text-to-speech with the CourseSmart reader. This option is only available if the accessible reader feature is turned on. To turn on the accessible reader feature for your account, email and request that the accessibility feature be turned on for Apple Text-to-Speech.

  • Open System Preferences
  • Click on the Speech & Dictation icon

  • Check the "Text to Speech" tab and then select the “Speak selected text” box.

  • Select the key combination you would like to use for initiating text-to-speech.

  • When you are on the page you want read, use your mouse to select the area of text you want read out loud

  • Click on the “Copy” button in the popup dialog


  • Highlight the text within the Copy box by pressing Command-A
  • Press the key combination you chose in the Speech control pane
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