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Up until Yosemite I have always had a text to speech service menu option and have been able to readily use a command key combination to trigger the reading of selected text in just about any application.

Under System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Services, looking under the Text subsection, there is nothing there to enable for text-to-speech. Further, System Preferences -> Dictation & Speech -> Text to Speech has "Speak selected text when the key is pressed" enabled and a key combination set and this key command simply doesn't work (and yes, even when I change this to another set of keys).

Neither of these have functioned properly for me since my initial usage of Yosemite this past summer and I am curious as to whether others have found a solution.

Does anyone:

  1. Know how one can make TTS appear in the service menu again and
  2. Have you figured out a way to make the key combination work reliably in applications?
  • The default is alt+esc ? is that not working? which Voice have you selected ? – Ruskes Mar 6 '15 at 17:48
  • It is not. Alex and Tom. – ylluminate Mar 6 '15 at 18:40
  • does it play in test mode ? – Ruskes Mar 6 '15 at 18:40
  • @Buscar웃 yes it is working in the actual dialogue box in System Preferences, but not in applications. – ylluminate Mar 6 '15 at 18:43
  • Strange, so when you Change the keys does it speak them after you pressed the new keys ? – Ruskes Mar 6 '15 at 19:26

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