Speech in Microsoft Office

For new readers, understanding meaning is a difficult concept. For some of us, understanding the concepts in a spreadsheet is an even more complex skill. But having text read to you increases comprehension. Did you know that Excel can read text for you?

  1. Select a range of cells.
  2. Go to the Tools menu and then to Speech.
  3. Click Show Text To Speech Toolbar.
  4. Click the leftmost icon, Speak Cells, or click Speak On Enter to listen to selected cells.

Word (Mac)
Microsoft Word enables you to have text in Word documents read aloud using Apple Text-To-Speech technology. To have Word read the text aloud, make sure the Speech toolbar is displayed.

  1. Go to View, then to Toolbars, and then to Speech.
  2. Select the text that you want Word to speak.
  3. On the Speech toolbar, click Speak Selection.
  4. To stop Word from speaking the text, click Stop Speaking.

Speech Recognition (Windows XP and Office 2003) You can set up Speech Recognition so you can use voice commands to type and format text. You need a microphone or input device for sound.

  1. Turn the microphone on in the Language bar.
  2. Set up the mode to recognize your voice.
  3. Switch between Dictation model and Voice Command mode.

Submitted by:Barbara Bray