Windows Read Aloud

The Read Aloud button within Microsoft Word is a new version of Speak and available in most recent Word 2016 releases (Office 365 on the university network)
Read Aloud in Microsoft Word

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Click on Read Aloud (toggle on and off) to have text spoken from the cursor position onwards or select Ctrl + A to select the entire document. The words are highlighted.

The Read Aloud has a small control panel on the top right of the document window:

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Options include:

  • Back to go back to the start of the current or previous paragraph
  • Play and Pause
  • Forward to go forward a paragraph
  • Settings to change reading speed and voice selection
  • Ctrl + A + Space will start or close Read Aloud

Read Aloud is also one of the extended spellcheck right-click options to speak the corrected spelling error.


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