Siri can read any text aloud on your Mac. You can even use its built-in accessibility feature to listen to articles instead of reading them. Here's how to activate the feature and launch it using a keyboard shortcut.
How to enable the text-to-speech feature
Let's start by enabling the text-to-speech feature from the preferences. To enable it, click on the "Apple" icon in the menu bar and select "System Preferences".
From there, click on the "Accessibility" button.
From there, select "Speech" in the sidebar. Then, click the check mark next to "Speak selected text when the key is pressed."
On this page, you can also click the drop-down menu next to "System Voice" to change the speaker's voice. Use the "Speaking Rate" slider to slow down or increase the speed of speech.
By default, the accessibility feature keyboard shortcut is set to "Option + Esc". If this does not work for you, you can click the "Change Key" button to set a new keyboard shortcut.
How to use the text-to-speech feature to read articles aloud
Now that the text-to-speech feature is active, go to your browser and open the article you want to read.
To simplify this process, we will use the Reader mode in Safari, which removes the formatting of the website and presents only the text of the article. Firefox has a similar feature called Reader View. the Reader View extension brings the same features to Google Chrome.
Under Safari, click on the "Drive Mode" icon on the left side of the URL bar to activate Drive Mode (the process will be different in Firefox and Chrome).
Instantly, all the formatting of the page will be removed and you will only see the text of the article and the essential images in a beautiful, easy-to-read format.
Press "Command + A" to select all the text.
Now that all the text is selected, press "Option + Esc" (or whatever you have changed) to start the text-to-speech function. Your Mac will start reading the article until it is finished.
You can now reduce the brightness of your Mac's screen or turn away to do something else while listening to the article. If you want to stop at any time, press the same keyboard shortcut again.
You can also use the Speak the screen function on your iPhone or iPad listen to articles on the go.