Use Built-in Accessibility in Apple Products

VoiceOver is the built-in screen reader on your Mac/iPad that describes aloud what appears on the screen and speaks the text in documents, webpages, and windows.

To open VoiceOver Utility on your Mac, do one of the following:

  • When VoiceOver is on, press VO-F8.

  • Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, click Accessibility, click VoiceOver, then click Open VoiceOver Utility.

With Voice Control, you can use spoken commands to open apps, choose menu items, and more on your Mac/iPad. macOS provides a standard set of commands, and you can create your own commands. 

To turn on Voice Control:

  1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, click Accessibility, then click Voice Control.

  2. Select Enable Voice Control.

The first time you turn on Voice Control, files for the selected language are downloaded to your Mac (you must be connected to the internet) and the feedback window appears on the desktop. When Voice Control is ready to use, the microphone icon  appears in the window and fluctuates to indicate the volume level