Speak Selection in Mac OS X Monterey
By Joe Lewis.
Published April 8, 2022 3:00pm, updated April 8, 2022 3:29pm.
When I have to process a lot of reading material on my computer, I often find it helpful to leverage accessibility features. Larger text helps a ton, and that's easy to enable with a simple ⌘ + keyboard shortcut in most web browsers. For my needs, text-to-speech has been extraordinarily helpful in keeping focused and moving foward when there is the potential for distraction. I tried a number of accessibility features on various platforms, and lately my go-to tool has been the speak selection feature that is found on Mac OS X Monterey
To enable it, do the following:
- In Mac OS X Monterey, open System Preferences.
- Click Accessibility and then Spoken Content.
- Enable the Speak selection checkbox.
- Customize the system voice, speaking rate, and volume. Siri Voice 1 and 4 are very high quality. Adjust the settings to your preference. I use the default speaking rate and volume.
- Click Options to customize your settings. My keyboard shortcut is the most important part, and I leave it to the default Option Esc keys.
To invoke the text to speech feature in a web page, simply select some text and use the Option Esc keyboard shortcut. To have it stop speaking, use Option Esc a second time. That's it! Happy reading!