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Setting VoiceOver Preferences

Before you can use VoiceOver, you need to turn it on in the Accessibility pane of System Preferences. When you turn VoiceOver on, you can configure output over AirPlay or the default audio. In addition to turning on VoiceOver, you can also open the VoiceOver utility, which you can use to set a variety of different options. You can set options in the following areas: General, Verbosity, Speech, Navigation, Web, Sound, Visual, Commanders (New!), Braille, and Activities.

Set VoiceOver Preferences

  • bluecircle_1.jpg Click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, and then click the Accessibility icon.
  • bluecircle_2.jpg Click the VoiceOver category.
  • bluecircle_3.jpg Select or clear the Enable VoiceOver check box.

    • If prompted with the Welcome dialog, click OK to continue.
    • If prompted with a VoiceOver Audio dialog, click Continue or Revert to configure output.
  • bluecircle_4.jpg Click Open VoiceOver Utility.

  • bluecircle_5.jpg Select a category on the left, and then select the options you want.

    • General. Enter a login greeting and select a portable preference option.
    • Verbosity. Specify text and announcement options. Also includes general and instructional hint options. In the Braille tab, you can specify the default level (amount of information you want to receive) for use with a refreshable braille display. You can also set levels for specific controls, such as headings, images, and links.

    • Speech. Specify voice and pronunciation options. You can mute speech or customize the voice rate, pitch, or volume.
    • Navigation. Specify mouse and keyboard options. You can change VoiceOver cursor tracking options.

    • Web. Specify web navigation options, either DOM (Document Object Model) or Group (such as paragraph to paragraph).
    • Sound. Mute sounds and enable positional audio.
    • Visuals. Specify VoiceOver cursor, Caption and Braille panel, and menu options.
    • Commanders. Enable NumPad Commander (New!) and Keyboard Commander (New!), and customize commands. You can enable, assign, and use Quick Nav to navigate web pages and applications using only the arrow keys and navigate web pages using single keys.
    • Braille. Specify display and input options.
    • Activities. Set up activities and customize VoiceOver settings for specific users. You can set up different voices, rates, and hot spots for different situations and applications. You can switch activities manually or have VoiceOver switch them for you based on the application in use.
  • bluecircle_6.jpg Click the Close button for the VoiceOver Utility.
  • bluecircle_7.jpg Click the Close button.
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