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The title may sound silly, but on Ubuntu 13.10, I'm getting frequent audible notifications using text to speech.

Is this the "speech dispatcher" and how can I disable it?

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Do you want to change the system wide settings for Speech Dispatcher? The (yes/no) system wide settings for Speech Dispatcher can be changed by editing the /etc/default/speech-dispatcher file.

Open the terminal and from the terminal open the /etc/default/speech-dispatcher file for editing in the nano text editor:

sudo nano '/etc/default/speech-dispatcher'  

Find the lines in speech-dispatcher that say:

# Set to yes to start system wide Speech Dispatcher

...and change RUN=yes to RUN=no.

This will disable the system wide speech dispatcher audible notifications, if they have been previously enabled. Press the keyboard combination Ctrl+O and after that press Enter to save the speech-dispatcher file. Press the keyboard combination Ctrl+X to exit nano.

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Sorry for the delayed acceptance! –  Leon Stafford Jun 26 '14 at 22:51

Go to the Settings application. Select Universal Access. You will see a tab labeled "Seeing". In there should be Screen Reader. Turn that off.

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Pressing AltSuperS will disable or enable speech dispatcher.

The last thing you should hear is "screen reader off" :-

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