How could I let Preview start speaking a selected paragraph? I found the speech menu item in the edit menu but this starts speaking from the beginning of the document!

  • This works for every app on my Mac EXCEPT for Preview... so annoying.
    – JacobIRR
    Nov 22, 2023 at 17:22

2 Answers 2


There is a convenient way of making your Mac speak any selected text.

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Select Speech.
  3. Select the Text to Speech tab if it is not already selected.
  4. Check the box for Speak selected text when the key is pressed and provide a key combination of your choice.

You can now use the key combination to speak selected text system-wide.

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    I did the instructions above, pressed the right key combo and nothing was said
    – user143816
    Aug 31, 2015 at 18:16

I read the above comment and tried to follow the instructions I was unsuccessful (as I didn't highlight the text). Although, having now solved the issue you need to highlight the selected text and then press the key combination (mine is ctrl+s).

Now I use it on all applications including preview, Microsoft Word, chrome etc. I love it.

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