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Speech Features

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ZoomText Mac now includes speech and reading support for a variety of content.

Each of the speech features are described below.

 

Enable Speech

Enable Speech allows you to hear what is happening on your computer.

To toggle Speech on or off, go to the Speech tab of the ZoomText Preferences Panel:

  1. Open the ZoomText Preferences Panel (COMMAND + OPTION + RETURN (ENTER)).
  2. Click the Speech tab on the left.
  3. Check or uncheck the box next to “Enable speech” depending on your preference:

 

You can alternatively use the hotkey COMMAND + OPTION + 3 to toggle Speech on and off *. If you’d like to stop ZoomText from speaking, just press the CONTROL key.

* Note: when Speech is toggled off, the Reader will still speak.

You can adjust speech elements in the ZoomText Preferences Panel:

  • Voice: The voices that came on your computer and any you downloaded from Apple will be in the list.
  • Rate: Set the speed at which ZoomText speaks.
  • Volume: Set how quiet or loud the text is spoken. 

Focus Echo

Focus Echo speaks on-screen items as you navigate and use your applications. Text information from the current active control, text fields, menu items, or buttons will now be automatically read aloud.

To toggle Focus Echo on or off, go to the Speech tab of the ZoomText Preferences Panel:

  1. Open the ZoomText Preferences Panel (COMMAND + OPTION + RETURN (ENTER)).
  2. Click the Speech tab on the left.
  3. Check or uncheck the box next to “Focus Echo” depending on your preference:

You can alternatively use the hotkey COMMAND + OPTION + 4 to toggle Focus Echo on and off. If you’d like to stop ZoomText from speaking, just press the CONTROL key.

You can adjust how much detail is spoken aloud for these items in the ZoomText Preferences Panel. You have a choice of how much is read aloud:

  • Labels Only: Item labels only are spoken.
  • Labels and Context: Item labels, control type, and accelerator key (if applicable) are all spoken.

 

Mouse Echo

Mouse Echo automatically reads text that is underneath your mouse pointer. It will speak the entire item name, or if you’re on a webpage, the entire paragraph of text you are hovering over will be read. By default, Mouse Echo will only read text if you first press the Option key. You can change the key that activates it, or you can set it to “Always On”; in this case text will be read aloud immediately as soon as the mouse is over text. If at any time you’d like to interrupt Mouse Echo, just press the CONTROL key.

To toggle Mouse Echo on or off, go to the Speech tab of the ZoomText Preferences Panel:

  1. Open the ZoomText Preferences Panel (COMMAND + OPTION + RETURN (ENTER)).
  2. Click the Speech tab on the left.
  3. Check or uncheck the box next to “Mouse Echo” depending on your preference:

You can alternatively use the hotkey COMMAND + OPTION + 5 to toggle Mouse Echo on and off.

You can also adjust your Mouse Echo settings in the ZoomText Preferences Panel:

  • Always On: Words are spoken as soon as the mouse pointer moves over them.
  • When Pressing Shift: Words are spoken only when the Shift key is pressed while the mouse pointer is over text.
  • When Pressing Command: Words are spoken only when the Command key is pressed while the mouse pointer is over text.
  • When Pressing Option: Words are spoken only when the Option key is held down and the mouse pointer moves over them.
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