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If I installed Emacs from package manager, where is the .emacs file, and how do I get Emacs to see it?

I am completely blind and am currently in a job or internship where I have to use Emacs on a regular basis to learn Lisp. I was informed by other blind Linux users that Emacspeak would allow me to get ...
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Text-to-speech like Option-Esc in macOS

I'm considering switching over to Ubuntu from macOS at the moment, and the one feature I can't seem to find a replacement for is macOS's Speech tools, in particular the "Speak selected text when ...
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Orca does not seem to read most screen elements on my system

I have fired up orca for the first time, and it seems to only read the titles of windows and tabs, or sometimes the first element on the window, but not anything else on the window. When I go into ...
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How do I get screenreader Orca to read out loud a whole page of a pdf document on click or key shortcut?

I run Ubuntu 18.04 and have installed version 3.28.0 of the Orca screenreader with sudo apt-get install gnome-orca. When I start Orca and open a PDF document, it reads its file name out loud, and ...
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Unable To Change The Voice In Orca To Use Festival In Ubuntu 18.04

I am assisting a blind friend with the transition from Windows to Linux. We have installed Ubuntu-MATE 18.04. Unfortunately, he hates the default voice used by Orca, and we have thus far been ...
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PHP IDE accessible with Orca Screenreader

I am about to migrate from Windows to Linux. My problem is that I would need an IDE for PHP development that is accessible using Orca screenreader. As of now, I am using Ubuntu mate with eclipse it ...
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How to disable Screen Reader forever? [duplicate]

I can temporarily disable screen reader using super+alt+s, but it gets enabled again after some time. Q: How to completely disable the Screen Reader?
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Orca - Cannot save configuration

I'm trying to change the voice person on the orca setup (orca -s) and when I try to click the buttons 'Apply' or 'OK' this error shows up in the console: Gtk-Message: 12:48:35.589: GtkDialog mapped ...
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Ubuntu 18.04 voice announcements [duplicate]

I just installed Ubuntu 18.04, and there is now an annoying voice that announces everything that I click on. How to get rid of this voice? Thanks for all help.
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Orca will not start on Ubuntu 16.04 or 16.10 installers

Orca will not start with the standard installer keyboard shortcut. Also, if I try to manually launch it, such as from within the terminal, Orca starts, reads the window title, then immediately exits.
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Orca screen reader not working after changing settings

Earlier Orca was giving speech output but after I gave the command orca --text-setup on terminal and pressed 'y' for all the options Orca is not giving any audio. How can I get Orca to work?
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I'm looking for a TTS (text to speech) for ubuntu that is like Mac's short-key TTS option

I'm new to Ubuntu, and this is the only thing missing on my computer. I need something that doesn't require terminal used every time, and is mostly understandable. It doesn't have to be incredibly ...
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What speech service does Orca Screen Reader use?

What speech service does Orca Screen Reader use? Is there any API to access it from an application? Like: function talk (text) { /* convert text to speech */ } ...or maybe via bash commands? talk "...
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How to stop Ubuntu from talking to me?

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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Can't open Orca settings on Ubuntu 13.04

I use Ubuntu 13.04. I found out Orca could be enabled in Universal Access, but I cannot find its GUI based settings manager. I can't even start its settings manager via the command orca --setup or ...
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How do I stop Orca Screen Reader?

I accidentally opened Orca Screen Reader from the Dash when I was trying to open Screenshot. Now everything I type or click on is spoken out loud. How do I make it stop? For reference, here is a ...
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how read documents (pdf, docx, etc) using orca in lubuntu 12.10

Hello I had installed Orca in lubuntu 12.10. But when i open it i just get the container box with tabs for preferences, help, about, exit. How do i make it read documents? I want to read a pdf ...
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Python-Speechd?

I just upgraded to Ubuntu 12.10, am fooling around with some Python code. In earlier releases, I used to be able to do: import speechd And now I get that the module does not exist. It also tells ...
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Is it possible to have Orca speak the laptop battery status?

I have been studying Ubuntu 12.04 for a while. If everything works fine, I would like to switch to it from Windows 7. I have searched the net on the way to check battery status with Orca but i not yet ...
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No Orca magnification in Ubuntu 12.04

I'm a visually impaired Linux/Ubuntu newbie. I've installed 12.04 from a live CD and have the Orca screen reader running at start up. Speech works fine but there is no magnification. When I open Orca ...
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How To Set Up Orca Screen Reader?

I'm helping a friend of mine set up an Ubuntu environment for school, but he requires special software that reads things out loud because of his dyslexia. Now, I immediately knew that Orca should do ...
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“Screen-Reader tool Orca” and extendable/customizable functionality in Ubuntu?

Here is what i want to do: I want to put/run Orca as an idle process in background after booting into Ubuntu. (No problem there so far.) Now when I open up a text file or website in my [web]browser; ...
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Orca screen reader

I tried to run 11.10 on my desktop, and couldn't get Orca screen reader to read desktop screen without using the mouse. My wife is totally blind and has trouble using the mouse to find icons. ...
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How do I restart Orca?

Orca has been crashing a lot lately.. and I don't know how to restart it. Is there any way to do this from the command line? I cannot find Orca anywhere in the main menu.
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On-screen keyboard shows up on resume [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I disable the on-screen keyboard in the unlock screen? I recently got Ubuntu 11.10 and I was looking through the programs and saw Onboard and didn't know what is was so ...
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How do I disable the on-screen keyboard in the unlock screen?

Somehow, I activated the on-screen keyboard (Onboard) in the unlock screen and I can't deactivate it now. I've restarted the computer, but it's still there in the unlock screen. How can I deactivate ...
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How do I stop orca from starting up on login?

Orca keeps starting up after system starting, and I'm not able to find it in "Startup Applications". How to stop it?
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Where do I find Orca in Ubuntu Classic

Where do I find Orca in Ubuntu Classic?
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Does Ocra screen reader come on Edubuntu by default?

I am working with visually impaired children in Kenya and would like to know if Orca screen reader comes with Edubuntu and whether it would work with the various educational packages on Edubuntu. ...
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How to stop Orca from running when I open sound preferences?

I have this bizarre problem. whenever I open sound preferences from indicator-sound in natty the orca speech-dispatcher runs in a terminal in a loop mode. I cannot close the terminal neither can I ...
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Festival on Orca?

I tried installing Festival from Synaptic to use it with Orca, but it did not show up on Orca's speech synthesizer list. I installed the following packages: festival festival-freebsoft-utils speech-...