With Mac OS X (10.3.1) or later
- Go under the Finder menu (apple on far left)
- Select System Preferences.
- Click on Speech.
- Select Spoken User Interface in the box.
- Choose the Set Key command in order to select the key combination that will result in selected text being read. (Command plus L works.)
- You can also select Default Voice to change voices and rate of speech.
On earlier Macs, a free utility, HearIt provides the same functions.
Another Mac option is the shareware talking word processor, TextEdit Plus, which has the advantage of highlighting each word as it is read.
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