Can Microsoft Word read for me? Yes, it can. The Speak feature has been incorporated into Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.) in the 2003 version. It used to be called Text to Speech (TTS) so it worked more or less like it does now. Fortunately, it's a very simple procedure to set up and use, so it's possible to start immediately.
Add the Talk button to the quick access bar
1. Click the personalize arrow on the quick access bar.
2. From the drop-down menu, select Other commands.
3. Sul Word options screen>Customize the quick access toolbar, locate the Choose Commands from box and scroll to the Speak command.
4. Select the Speak command, click insert button in the middle of the screen, then click ok.
5. Word adds the Talk to Quick Access toolbar command to the end and you're ready to go.
Click on the Talk button to hear your text
1. Make sure the system's speakers or audio devices are turned on.
2. Highlight a paragraph of text, then click Speak command button.
3. Word reads any highlighted text, even the entire document. press Ctrl + A to select the entire document.
4. Click on Speak command button once to start the reading session, then click again to stop. At the moment the pause-and-continue option is not available, but many users have requested this feature, so look for it in future versions.
Select the command Read aloud
1. Another way to have the text read aloud in Word is to select the Revision tab> Read aloud button.
Read Aloud's biggest advantage over the Speak command is …
(a) it is not necessary to highlight the text. Place the cursor where you want to start reading aloud and click Read aloud button.
And (b), when you click on the Read aloud button a second time, stops. Click the button again to continue from that point onwards. So basically, you have a Read Aloud pause function that is not available with Speak.
Change your speaking preferences in the Windows control panel.
Speak's preferences are defined in Widows, not in Word in a specific way.
1. Click Start> Windows System> Control Panel
2. Select Easy access> Voice recognition> Voice synthesis, and the Speech properties dialog box opens up Speech synthesis card.
3. Below Voice dialing, choose MS David Desktop for a male voice o MS Zira Desktop for a female voice.
4. Click on Preview button to listen to each voice, then make the selection.
5. Use the cursor below Voice speed to adjust the rhythm (slow, normal or fast) of the player.
6. Click on Audio output button to define audio preferences.
7. Click on advanced button to select or change the output device.