Say Anything (Using Terminal)

OK, you caught me. Not everything I post here has a practical application or real productivity value. Sometimes, it's just plain fun. That is the case for today's post. 

One of the great things about OS X is that it has text-to-speach capabilities built-in... system wide. That also includes the Terminal app. You can literally force your Mac to say anything you tell it to by typing a very simple command. Here's how it works: 

First, open Terminal (Applications > Utilities > Terminal). With Terminal open, begin by typing "say", followed by any phrase you want. For example:

say Good afternoon, Master Kevin. You are looking particularly handsome today. <enter> 

If you don't like the default voice that you hear, you can change it. OS X El Capitan gives you a few voice options to choose from (men and women). To change the voice, open System Preferences... then go to "Dictation & Speech". When you're there, click on the "Text to Speech" tab and choose from any of the options in the "System Voice" dropdown list.

As a bonus tip, check out some of the other options in the window. You may find some of them very useful!

Posted on October 30, 2015 and filed under How To, Mac.