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I use my mac Pro 99% for Photoshop work.

sometime ago I was browsing around in the system and some how turned on a voice over feature. It speaks each window opening and mouse click ect.

I also get a black outline around around boxes I mouse click on.

How do I turn it off, it's driving me crazy. I've tried but can't locate where I turn it off. I even copied the voice over feature to an external hard drive and dragged the utility to the trash and dumped it.

Help please!!!!!!

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The keyboard shortcut is: Command F5


Also, here's where VoiceOver is in System Preferences.

System Preferences
Universal Access (under System category)
Seeing tab
VoiceOver

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Sorry I didn't have an opportunity to check back until now.

Thanks for the info.

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OH MY GOD Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
VoiceOver was most annoying! Like the initial person who posted this question, I don't even really know how the heck I turned VO on... (perhaps I should stop playing with all the buttons). I searched my machine and opened the utility and still could not figure out how to turn it off


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You can avoid these painfully annoying accidental problems by going into the System Preferences and choosing the Keyboard icon. In there, you can turn off keyboard shortcuts for a lot of things, including Voice Over, Dashboard, Expose, etc...

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omg thank you soooo much. that voice over/text box was driving me craaazy. my little brother decided he wanted to stand on my computer and thats how it got turned on so i had no clue how to fix it
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Thank you so much for this advice. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who accidentally turned it on & couldn't figure out how to turn it off! It's been driving me crazy all week. It's now blissfully quiet. All this because I was trying to figure out how to make my yahoo messenger & video cam be able to communicate without having to type. It used to do it but something has gone wrong with it. It keeps telling me to check my connections. Done but still doesn't work.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR THE SILENCE
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Thank you so much for this advice. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who accidentally turned it on & couldn't figure out how to turn it off! It's been driving me crazy all week. It's now blissfully quiet. All this because I was trying to figure out how to make my yahoo messenger & video cam be able to communicate without having to type. It used to do it but something has gone wrong with it. It keeps telling me to check my connections. Done but still doesn't work.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR THE SILENCE
You don't have a cat do you...they're known to turn this feature on...SERIOUSLY!

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You don't have a cat do you...they're known to turn this feature on...SERIOUSLY!

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This is exactly how my father apparently got voice over turned on, by cat. Funny thing was he has speakers but kept them turned off so he never heard the voice. Thanks for posting the fix here though. Saved me a two hour trip!
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Sooooo funny to read that cats turn this on. That is exactly how mine got turned on. You guys saved me a lot of time with this thread. Thanks.
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Ha Ha.. Just wait for the day they learn to crank the sound a 3AM and put a loop on "FEED ME"
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Sooooo funny to read that cats turn this on. That is exactly how mine got turned on. You guys saved me a lot of time with this thread. Thanks.
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