VoiceOver screen reader

VoiceOver is the built-in screen reader that comes with Mac OSX computers. It speaks on-screen information using a synthetic voice, and can also be used with an (optional) braille display.

VoiceOver was introduced in Mac OSX 10.4 (Tiger), and it's available in all later versions of Mac OSX. It supports many popular applications including the Open Office suite, Apple Email, and the Safari browser.

VoiceOver comes with voices from the Sepstral synthesizer.

  • Manufacturer: Apple
  • Price: Free
  • Platform: Mac OSX

Getting started with VoiceOver

VoiceOver is built into Mac OSX so there is no need to install anything. When you first turn on your Mac computer, a talking message asks whether you want to use VoiceOver. You can also turn VoiceOver on/off at any time by pressing the Command f5 keys.

You will also be asked whether you want VoiceOver training. You can choose to do the training straight away, or access it at anytime from System preferences > Accessibility > VoiceOver training.

Training and tutorials for VoiceOver

Apple has VoiceOver guides and tutorials available online.

Getting help with VoiceOver

You can visit any Apple store to get help with VoiceOver, or email Apple directly with your questions.

BCAB runs an email discussion forum. The BCAB forum is for discussion about all kinds of technology, so it’s a great place to get help from VoiceOver users in the UK. It's free to join, just create an account.