If I understand your question, “is there anyway to restore VoiceOver without 
rebooting the computer“, then at the risk of being obvious, you can simply turn 
voiceover off and then back on again using the command F5 key combination. I do 
this very thing anytime VoiceOver fails such as in your case. It works for me 
on the Mac as well as iPhone.

Sent from my IPhone


> On Apr 14, 2018, at 6:56 PM, Alex Hall <mehg...@icloud.com> wrote:
> 
> That's a new one for me. My only suggestion is to try something that worked 
> for me: if you're using portable preferences with VoiceOver, stop using them 
> and see if the problem persists. If you're already not using them, all I can 
> suggest is to grab a system snapshot and email it to Apple Accessibility. To 
> do this, wait for the problem to happen, then press command, option, control, 
> shift, and period, all at once. After ten minutes or so, Finder will open to 
> the results, a large file you can email with Maildrop or via a cloud service.
> 
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> 
>> On Apr 14, 2018, at 11:21, Kristeen Hughes <khwi...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>> I have a Mac Mini from 2016. This has also happened on previous Minis. I 
>> have never known it to occur on a laptop. I will be listening to music and I 
>> will quicklook another type of sound file or even sometimes a file that uses 
>> voiceover. I’m guessing that two sounds hit the in a very specific way and I 
>> lose not only the voice of voiceover, but all of it’s functionality as well. 
>> Other apps are still open and functioning, and, for example, if I can 
>> command+tab to iTunes, I can pause it. However, any VO command results in 
>> the default sound you get if you are at the top or bottom of a file or.
>> 
>> Is there any way to restore VO without rebooting the computer?
>> 
>> Thanks.
>> 
>> Kristeen
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