Enable Speech Mode And Make Your OS X Calculator Talk [OS X Tips]

Talking Calculator

Sometimes, when you’re tapping away at a calculator, it helps to hear what you’re typing in. It’s like a second stream of information for your brain, and it helps keep things more accurate. There are a variety of talking calculators on the market, and a bunch of iOS apps that do the same thing.

Did you know, however, that you can make the calculator bundled in with OS X talk to you, too? Me neither.

Here’s how.

Launch your Calculator app on your Mac, either from the Applications folder or with an app launcher like Alfred. Once launched, click on the Speech menu to choose one or both of the speech options therein.

If you click on Speak Button Pressed, the calculator will say the name of the button you press out loud. This will perhaps trigger you to stop a long calculation when you hit the minus button instead of the plus, for example.

Click on Speak Result, and it will speak the result of your calculation, using proper syntax, like “five thousand, four hundred thirty-four.”

Now you can keep your brain engaged while adding up receipts during tax time, or when you’re figuring out which roomate owes what on a group shopping bill.

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Rob LeFebvreRob LeFebvre is an Anchorage, Alaska-based writer and editor who has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, Creative Screenwriting, Shelf-Awareness, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef, and send him a cookie once in a while; he'll really appreciate it.

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