On Mavericks, I have Voiceover turned off in both Accessibility settings and Users & Groups.

In the past week, Voiceover has started occasionally reading small bits of text to me, seemingly unrequested.

It seems to primarily be subject lines of new mail in Gmail (running as a webpage in Chrome), but this could be a red herring.

Is there a keyboard shortcut or trackpad gesture that I'm accidentally doing to make this happen? What could be going on?

[Update: see comments - I'm now certain it's only emails that are getting read aloud, but not sure whether it's anything to do with Chrome or not. OS-level email integration?]



Read this Apple Discussions article.

I think this is the same problem you are having.

I think I got it. I was sitting at the screen when a message popped up with the voice over. There was a little spanner icon in the top right which allowed me to turn off this feature.

  • Sounds like a similar problem to mine, but I'm not getting onscreen notifications so have no spanner icon to click on! – Jonathan Deamer Jul 26 '14 at 17:23
  • Ok, I'll look for more. – Spotlight Jul 26 '14 at 17:25
  • Wait, you have the chrome notification menu item, right? – Spotlight Jul 26 '14 at 17:26
  • In the menu bar? Yep, and Gmail notifications is unchecked there. Thanks anyway! – Jonathan Deamer Jul 26 '14 at 17:30
  • So the bell has a red line across it? – Spotlight Jul 26 '14 at 17:30

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