How to change the text-to-speech voice on your Mac computer, or give it a new languageSeptember 24, 2020
- You can change the voice that your Mac uses to read text and notifications by going to the System Preferences menu.
- There are about a half-dozen voices available on your Mac by default, but you can download more.
- When you change the text-to-speech voice on a Mac, you can also set how fast it reads or change its language.
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One of your Mac’s various accessibility features is its ability to read out text that’s on the screen. This is great for users who can’t see the screen very well.
But if you use this feature, you might not be satisfied with the default voice, which can sound very robotic.
Luckily, you can change the voice at any time. There are over a hundred different voices available in a variety of languages.
Here’s how to change the speech voice on your Mac.
How to change the speech voice on a Mac
1. Click the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences.”
2. Click on the “Accessibility” option.
3. In the left sidebar, select “Speech.” This will open the menu where you can change the speech settings.
4. To change the voice, click on the “System Voice” tab to open a dropdown menu. By default, you can choose from two male voices and three female voices.
5. To change the rate at which your Mac speaks, click on the “Speaking Rate” slider and move it left or right to slow it down or speed it up, respectively.
6. To enable your Mac to speak out announcements — it’ll let you know when a program needs your attention, and read alerts — read text that you select, or read text that you hover your mouse over, click the box next to those options.
How to add new speech voices on your Mac
1. Open the “Speech” menu again.
2. Click on “System Voice” and scroll down to “Customize.”
3. You’ll now be shown a list of all the voices of various languages and dialects that you can download and add to your speech options. You can select most voices and then click “Play” at the bottom to hear what it sounds like.
4. When you find a voice and language you want, check the box next to it and click “OK” at the bottom of the window. Your Mac will download the voice, and you can then select it.
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The many small new features in Messages add up to one of the most useful updates in iOS14 for me, because it’s probably the app I use the most throughout the day.
Pinning conversations is a minor change, but it’s also super helpful to easily reach the people and group chats I return to the most.
Pinning a conversation puts it at the top of the Messages app. For me, making the photo larger rather than the text makes it easy to quickly find my important conversations.
Messages got some other common sense updates, like tagging people in a group message, and threading messages.
To start a thread, just hold down on a message and the “reply” option will pop up.
Then you can view just the thread, which can be helpful in a fast moving group chat.
Threading and tagging people seems so obvious, I have to wonder why Apple did not implement them earlier, like many other messaging apps have. Still, I’m glad they’re here, and they make handling the multiple group chats I use to stay in touch with friends and family that much easier.
The ability to search the emoji library is, again, very simple, but it makes life just a little bit easier.
Between emoji search and the QuickPath swipe keyboard introduced in iOS 13, I can finally stop using the custom Google keyboard and stick to the built-in Apple one.
One tiny update I predict will be super useful is a notification about what was pasted into Messages or any other text field. Who among us hasn’t accidentally sent the wrong link?
So far I’m less impressed with the App Library, which automatically organizes apps into categories when you swipe left past all the other screens.
To me, the categorizations don’t make very much sense, and they aren’t nearly as useful as the organizational system I’ve already created for myself where I can access, for example, all my social media or music and audio in one spot.
The “other” categorization also makes me wonder how well these apps are really categorized. Maybe it will prove to be useful later, but for now, the App Library just seems like a way to hide away the disorganized, non-customizable mess of apps.