The Unintended Audiobook: Deactivating Text-to-Speech on Copy Action


Certainly, here’s a rephrased question: “I’m experiencing an issue where my computer audibly reads any text I copy. Despite checking the settings, I haven’t found an option to disable this feature. Could you provide guidance on how to resolve this?”


If you find that your laptop is unexpectedly reading aloud the text you copy, it’s likely that you’ve activated a text-to-speech feature without realizing it. This can be an accessibility feature built into the operating system or an aspect of a third-party application.



: This is a built-in screen reader that reads text on the screen aloud. To turn it off, press `Ctrl` + `Win` + `Enter`. Alternatively, go to Settings > Ease of Access > Narrator and toggle off the option.


Third-Party Applications

: If you have any applications like text-to-speech converters or screen readers installed, check their settings to disable automatic reading.

For macOS Users:



: This is the built-in screen reader on Mac. To deactivate it, press `Command` + `F5`. You can also go to System Preferences > Accessibility > VoiceOver and uncheck the option.


Speech Feature

: Check System Preferences > Accessibility > Speech. Here, ensure that the “Speak selected text when the key is pressed” option is unchecked.

For Linux Users:


Orca Screen Reader

: This is commonly used in various Linux distributions. Disable it by navigating to the Universal Access settings and turning off the screen reader option.

General Tips:

  • Check Keyboard Shortcuts

    : Sometimes, a keyboard shortcut can unintentionally trigger the text-to-speech function. Review the shortcuts to ensure you’re not accidentally activating the feature.

  • Update or Reinstall

    : If the issue persists, try updating your operating system or reinstalling the text-to-speech software if it’s a third-party application.

  • If none of these solutions work, it may be helpful to consult the support documentation for your specific operating system or reach out to a professional for further assistance. Remember, while these features are designed to aid those who need them, they can be turned off to suit your preferences.

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