14 Replies Latest reply: Feb 8, 2013 12:45 PM by Ralph Johns (UK)
surreysimon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Everytime I receive a message on my Mac, the Messages app reads it out to me.  This is getting very irritating.  Does anyone know how I stop this happening please?


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), New Apple installed hard drive
  • 1. Re: How do I stop Messages reading out my messages?
    vea1083 Level 3 Level 3 (685 points)

    I guess you have inavertedly activated the VoiceOver functionality in your Mac. Do the following...

     

    1. Go to System Preferences and click in Universal Access category:

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    There you should be able to disable Voiceover.

     

    Hope this helps!

  • 2. Re: How do I stop Messages reading out my messages?
    surreysimon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your reply.  I've just checked Voiceover in the Accessibilty section and it doesn't appear to be enabled, however (no tick in the box).  I've also checked in the Dictation and Speech section in the system category and none of the boxes are ticked there either.  Very strange!

  • 3. Re: How do I stop Messages reading out my messages?
    captfred Level 7 Level 7 (26,235 points)

    With a message screen having focus, go to the Messages menubar,  Messages > Edit > Speech > Stop Speaking.

  • 4. Re: How do I stop Messages reading out my messages?
    surreysimon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your message.  I have just looked at the Messages > Edit > Speech menu, however, and Stop Speaking is greyed out and only Start Speaking is available.  I selected Start Speaking, which made Stop Speaking an option, so I then selected that.  Messages is still reading incoming messages out however!

  • 5. Re: How do I stop Messages reading out my messages?
    hrlek Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Has anyone found a solution for this problem? It's been bugging me for couple of days now.

  • 6. Re: How do I stop Messages reading out my messages?
    the_Fränk Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)

    the solution is:

    (gobal)

    choose MenuBar->Messages->Preferences->Alerts->Event

    (specific buddy, if it should not be general problem)

    select the buddy and choose MenuBar->Buddies->Show Profile->Alerts->Event

     


    deactivate Speak an announcement for all events, where you don't want it

  • 7. Re: How do I stop Messages reading out my messages?
    hrlek Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes! I would kiss you if you were near. I went to MenuBar->Messages->Preferences->Alerts->Event->Message Received


    and there unchecked Speak Announcment

  • 8. Re: How do I stop Messages reading out my messages?
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,500 points)

    Hi

     

    Side note.

     

    You can access the Buddies also by Highlighting then then doing a  Get Info (CMD + i keys together) to access the Info panel (Chose Alerts).

     

     


    9:40 PM      Monday; October 22, 2012


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Mountain Lion 10.8.2)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),
     Couple of iPhones and an iPad

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  • 9. Re: How do I stop Messages reading out my messages?
    jdlace Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I wonder if there is any way to get this sound on iPhone when sending/receiving iMessages.  I prefer it to the default sounds. 

     

    J.

  • 10. Re: How do I stop Messages reading out my messages?
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,500 points)

    Hi

     

    You could import the sound you are talking about into GarageBand and Convert it in to a Ring Tone.

    Import into iTunes and it is saved as a Tone that can then be synced to the iPhone.

     

    Depending on size you could iMessages or email the sound to the iPhone.

     

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    7:31 PM      Thursday; February 7, 2013


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Mountain Lion 10.8.2)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),
     Couple of iPhones and an iPad

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • 11. Re: How do I stop Messages reading out my messages?
    jdlace Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Where do I find the files?  I'd love to do that. 

     

    thanks,

     

    J.

  • 12. Re: How do I stop Messages reading out my messages?
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,500 points)

    Hi,

     

    In the Applications folder highlight the Messages App.

    Right or Control click the App and use the Show Package Contents option.

    The Sounds are in the resources Folder.

     

    You can duplicate the Sound or use Modifier keys to Drag to the Desktop and Create a Copy that way.

     

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    8:10 PM      Friday; February 8, 2013


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Mountain Lion 10.8.2)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),
     Couple of iPhones and an iPad

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • 13. Re: How do I stop Messages reading out my messages?
    jdlace Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks so much.  However, all I see are the default sounds for texting; not the Siri-like spoken notification sound files. 

     

    J.

  • 14. Re: How do I stop Messages reading out my messages?
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,500 points)

    Ohh  !!!,

     

    Oh,

     

    I had lost track of that fact when you spoke of just importing the "Sound" into an iPhone.

     

    Technically the App does have some Text it reads and it adds the Buddy's name to that.

    This is handled as a NIB file in the /Resources/(CountrycodeItem)

     

    In iChat (version 1)  you  could type the Speech text into the app

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    For Buddy's names to be spoken there was a Control character, which I seem to remember was the @ symbol, which inserted the Buddy's name.

     

    Your choices now would be to use Quicktime X to save the Screen (and audio) when the speech plays that you want, then import it in to GarageBand to extract the Audio/Create ringtone.

     

     

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    8:45 PM      Friday; February 8, 2013


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Mountain Lion 10.8.2)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),
     Couple of iPhones and an iPad

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously