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?


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

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.