Here is a way to Add Text to Speech to Microsoft Office Word Text-to-speech (TTS) lets your computer play back written text as spoken words. This works with Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and OneNote. So if you want to learn how to enable this feature, just watch my video and I will show you how its done step by step, it works with all versions of Microsoft Office and your be able to Convert text to speech, its easy to Add Speak to the Quick Access Toolbar.

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Office 2017, Office 2010, Office 2013, Office 2016, Office 365

Add Speak to the Quick Access Toolbar

I checked 2010 and 2016 (don't have access to 2013 at the moment). Both have 'Speak' and 'speak highlighted' and both commands work in both versions of Word. I can't quite figure out what the difference is between them. And this article says that 2013 has them too. A Text to speech button can be added easily to Word 2010. Once added it remains on the Quick Access tool bar but TTs can be switched on and off as and when it is needed. To add the Speak button to the Quick Access toolbar, first go to the file menu, and choose Options then Quick Access tool bar.

Here is how to add the Speak command to your Quick Access Toolbar:

1. Right next to Quick Access Toolbar, click Customize Quick Access Toolbar.

2. Click More Commands.

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3. In the Choose commands from list, select All Commands.

4. Scroll down to the Speak command, select it, and then click Add.

5. Click OK.

6. Now to use the text-to-speech command, click the icon on the Quick Access Toolbar.

That’s it.

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Enable Text To Speech In Microsoft Word 2013

In order to better serve our visually impaired patrons, we at the Harris County Law Library recently explored our options for providing text-to-speech services. We were happy to discover three free tools: Otter, TTS Reader, and Microsoft Word. Each is described below.

Otter: Otter is more than just a text-to-speech application. Also included are a dictation feature and automatic, real-time transcription. The app and the basic plan, which offers 600 minutes of dictation per month, are free.

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TTS Reader: Text To Speech Reader converts any text to spoken language. TTS will read your text in a natural voice. Choices include UK and US English in a male or female voice, in a range of reading speeds from Very Slow to Too Fast. Drag and drop files or paste content into the provided text box. TTS Reader will read aloud for you in whichever voice you select and at whichever speech you prefer.

Microsoft Word: The newest versions of MS Office (2016, 2019, and Office 365) include a Read Aloud feature, allowing you to listen to your document for better comprehension. Words will be highlighted simultaneously as they are being read. To use this feature, simply open Word, click Review tab > Read Aloud, or press Alt+Ctrl+Space on your keyboard. Click Play/Pause to start and stop the narration. Select Settings to change the reading speed.

Text To Speech On Word 2013

If you are using MS Office 2013, there is another option for accessing the text-to-speech conversion feature. Follow the steps outlined here (and see image below) to turn this feature on in Word 2013.

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  • Open Word

  • Click the “Customize Quick Access Toolbar” button which is located at the very top of your window above the Tabs (File, Home, Insert, Design, Layout, etc.) Select “More Commands”

  • On the “Choose Commands From:” dropdown menu, select “Commands Not in the Ribbon”

  • Scroll down to the “Speak” option, then click Add. Click Add when you are finished.

  • Now, highlight the text to be read aloud. Click the Speak Button, which looks like a small speech bubble, on the Quick Access Toolbar. Word will read your text. It’s that easy!