How to Have Siri Read Articles to You On Your Mac

Text of a website displayed on the screen with a Siri waveformKhamosh Pathak

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".

Click the System Preferences button in the Apple menu of the menu bar.

From there, click on the "Accessibility" button.

Click the Accessibility button in MacOS System Preferences.

From there, select "Speech" in the sidebar. Then, click the check mark next to "Speak selected text when the key is pressed."

Tick ​​the option Speak to selection to activate the function.

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.

Click the box and press the new key combination to change the keyboard shortcut for the Speak to Selection function.

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).

Click the Drive View icon in the Safari on Mac URL bar.

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.

This is what the Web page looks like in Reader View in Safari

Press "Command + A" to select all the text.

Use Command + A keyboard shortcut to select all the text of the article in the Reader view.

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.

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