3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 19, 2011 1:49 PM by John Beacock
John Beacock Level 1 (105 points)
My son's G4 IMac has suddenly started talking to him every time he presses a key etc. We cannot turn it off - Anyone know how?

iMac intel, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • K Shaffer Level 6 (11,890 points)
    In the System Preferences> Universal> you should be able to
    control the voice actions; and turn them off or on. Some of
    the keyboard commands to activate these items can be found
    by accidental touching certain key combinations.

    Oh, I had to read your post twice, to see you are describing
    the use of an older iMac G4; since I saw the OS X in your
    signature line as one not capable of running in these...!

    What OS X version is running in the G4 iMac?
    The path to turn off voice should be the same
    in Panther, Tiger, or Leopard 10.5.

    Good luck & happy computing!

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  • K Shaffer Level 6 (11,890 points)
    However, on looking through some items in Tiger 10.4.11, there
    may be a setting in another location; I've never had keys speak.
    But do know such settings exist, to aid those with disabilities.

    {The keyboard shortcut command+F5 is what toggles it on/off.}

    In OS 9.2.2 & before, it was easier to mess around on purpose
    and make almost anything speak; and have the OS read it aloud.

    If certain keyboard combos were accidentally pressed, it's possible
    to have turned on Universal Access> Voice over commands. If you
    were unable to make the talking go away from that System Prefs
    panel, post back and specify what was tried.

    Here's an example of one or more instances of accidental VoiceOver
    by keyboard combo happenstance, and one of them involved another
    key change. Not knowing what else may be going on, you can check
    into the topic by simple online search...

    • How to turn voice off for menus?

    Perhaps another can refresh the collective consciousness in the
    matter of where else to look to disengage and engage the audio
    interface which makes keys speak as you keyboard in OS X.

    Hopefully this helped somewhat.
    Good luck & happy computing!
  • John Beacock Level 1 (105 points)

    Many thanks.