How to Make Word Speak a Document

By Bailey Shoemaker Richards

Sometimes, reading an entire Word document aloud can be a challenge. Fortunately, there is a simple way to get the program to read the entire document for you. Whether your audience is visually impaired or too far away to be able to read the document, having it read aloud by the computer can be a great help in making any kind of presentation. In using the reading tool for Word documents, it is important to be aware that the vocabulary of the program is slightly limited; misspelled words, proper nouns and slang may be mispronounced.

Step 1

Open the Word document that you want to have spoken aloud. Check it for spelling and grammatical errors that may be pronounced incorrectly by the speech tool and correct them if possible.

Step 2

Highlight the entire text or the portion of the text that you want to have read aloud. Do not click on the text after this point, as it will remove the highlights and interfere with the reading of the text.

Step 3

Click on the View option at the top of your Word document. Open the Toolbars option.

Step 4

Click on Speech. This option should be located at the bottom of the Toolbars section.

Step 5

Once the Speech box has opened, click on the microphone and Speak Selection icon at the top of the Speech box.

Step 6

Turn your volume to the correct level for the reading of your Word document.