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The space bar on my late 2006 iMac with OS X 10.5.8 suddenly doesn't work. However, I just realized that if I have a word selected and hold down the spacebar for about half a second, the selection is read aloud.

  • It works if I hold down Shift + Space.
  • Plugging in a different keyboard didn't help; it's not a hardware issue.
  • I've tried rebooting.
  • Under Keyboard Shortcuts, I clicked the button to restore defaults.
  • "Enable access for assistive devices" is off.
  • VoiceOver is off -- at least I think it is. I've turned it on and off a few times.

What else am I missing?

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Found the problem. It's under System Preferences > Speech > Speak Selected Text When Key Is Pressed

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