Did you know that your Mac can read text aloud? The feature is called “Text to Speech.”
I’ve been using it in three ways:
- Listen to a relatively long blog post or email while doing something else that allows me to multitask.
- Listen to something I’m copy-editing (whether it’s something that I or someone else wrote). This helps pace me, and it helps me spot typos. Sometimes my ears hear errors that my eyes miss.
- Listen to an English Bible translation that I don’t already own as an audio-Bible. (On listening to audio-Bibles, see here and here.) This is especially helpful when you want to listen to a variety of English translations while looking at a particular passage in Greek or Hebrew.
So how do you do this on a Mac?
1. Open “System Preferences,” and select “Dictation & Speech.”