Use Text-To-Speech (“Start Speaking Text”) in Firefox

A few days ago I made my yearly move from Safari to Firefox. It starts up quicker for me than Safari and web pages load 2-3x faster.

However, I was stumped today when I wanted my Mac to read me a Flash 101 tutorial. I went to Firefox -> Services -> Speech, but “Start Speaking Text” was grayed out.

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After a quick Google search I found a simple 2-step solution (thanks to aynmensch @ mozillazine): setup a shortcut key for “reading selected text” which can be evoked within Firefox.
1) Open System Preferences –> Speech

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2) Click “Speak selected text when the key is pressed” and then “Set Key…” to create a keyboard shortcut (I use command+option+control+s).

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3) That’s it! Next time you want Text-to-Speech in Firefox just highlight the desired text and click your keyboard shortcut.

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