How to Have Siri Read Articles to You On Your Mac

Text from a website shown on screen with a Siri waveform
Khamosh Pathak

Siri can read any text aloud to you on your Mac. You can even use its built-in accessibility feature to listen to articles instead of reading them. Here’s how to enable the feature and launch it using a keyboard shortcut.

How to Enable the Text-to-Speech Feature

First, let’s enable the text-to-speech feature from preferences. To turn it on, click on the “Apple” icon from the menu bar and select “System Preferences.”

Click on System Preferences button from Apple menu in menu bar

From here, click on the “Accessibility” button.

Click on Accessibility button from System Preferences in macOS

From here, select “Speech” from the sidebar. Next, click on the checkmark next to “Speak Selected Text When the Key Is Pressed.”

Check the Speak Selection option to enable the feature

From this page, you can also click on the drop-down menu next to “System Voice” to change the voice of the speaker. Use the “Speaking Rate” slider to slow down or increase the speed of the speech.

By default, the keyboard shortcut for the accessibility feature is set to “Option+Esc.” If that doesn’t work for you, you can click on the “Change Key” button to set a new keyboard shortcut.

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