There is no apparent way to stop Orca

Bug #1165609 reported by Andrew on 2013-04-07
This bug affects 23 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
OEM Priority Project
gnome-orca (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

The "Orca Screen Reader" icon in the Dash is a trap. If a user accidentally opens it, the only apparent recourse for the incessant jabber is to either mute the volume system-wide or log out. This makes for a very poor user experience.

Orca could avoid this situation by providing at least one of the following:

  1) A notification of how to stop it, if there is a way to stop it.
  2) A confirmation prompt prior to starting.
  3) A quit option in a standard location such as the indicator menu.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 13.04
Package: gnome-orca 3.8.0-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.8.0-16.26-generic 3.8.5
Uname: Linux 3.8.0-16-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.9.2-0ubuntu5
Architecture: amd64
Date: Sat Apr 6 18:35:02 2013
InstallationDate: Installed on 2013-04-06 (0 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 13.04 "Raring Ringtail" - Alpha amd64 (20130402.1)
MarkForUpload: True
PackageArchitecture: all
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SourcePackage: gnome-orca
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Andrew (andrewkvalheim) wrote :
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gnome-orca (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Vladimir Rutsky (rutsky) wrote :

I can confirm this bug in Ubuntu 13.10.

As workaround I found that you can turn off screen reader in System Settings -> Universal Access -> Seeing -> Screen Reader (Alt+Super+S).

Volodya (volodya) wrote :

Behaviour still exists. Ubuntu 13.10 all updates installed.

To add to what Vladimir Rutsky has said, you may need to first turn the reader on, before turning it off. So it is already reading, but you first press Alt+Super+S to start it (again?) and then again to turn it finally off.

very stupid program does not help anything.

Hristo Erinin (zorlem) wrote :


This problem still exists in 14.04.

Alt+Super+S shortcut as suggested by Vladimir Rutsky works.

Andrew (andrewkvalheim) wrote :

Linking back to the commentary on Ask Ubuntu:

Ara Pulido (ara) on 2014-08-25
Changed in oem-priority:
status: New → Incomplete
Ara Pulido (ara) wrote :

Marking this one as invalid, we will track this one instead:

Changed in oem-priority:
status: Incomplete → Invalid
Ken Nakagama (uaflyer) wrote :

I am running Fedora 20 with Cinnamon.
Only way I have found to stop Orca is

killall orca

in terminal

I am running Ubuntu GNOME 15.04, and all I am able to do to stop it is to kill its process, but it carries on talking even after it is dead! That is, it finishes its sentence in protest... But some way of exiting it other than that would be nice...

summary: - There is no apparent way to stop Orca.
+ There is no apparent way to stop Orca
pradeep gour (master-x) wrote :

Me too........very painful experience...going to attempt logout as fiddling with "universal access" was useless.Keeping my fingers crossed........

ubuntu 14.04 TT ...shes not close and need pitch control

good diction and agreement in scores but still do not know rewrite the text.

sibesh (sibesh-karn-92) wrote :

Unable to turn off the Orca screen reader on login screen, tried editing the .desktop file from etc and disabling it from settings, but it wakes up every time on login screen. Text pronounced are "Turning screen reader off, turning screen reader on ..." and it goes on.

Please fix this, for now i am uninstalling the application.

Redfern-derek (redfern-derek) wrote :

Behavior still exists... `killall orca; apt remove gnome-orca` was my approach. Would've kept it installed if there was some way to stop it without resorting to killall.

m1fcj (hakan-koseoglu) wrote :

Still a bug in 19.04. Accidentally triggered the screen reader, absolutely no way to kill it in an obvious manner. I had to google for what the screen reader is on Ubuntu to start with. No icons, no warnings, nothing at all. In the end got rid of it by killing and permanently removing it. Good riddance.

This behaviour can't be the default. Please fix it.

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