Your Computer Reads Your Doc

HEAR your Document Spoken

Did you know how easy it is to have your computer read anything to you? This is known variously as #TTS, Text to Speech, or Speak. 

This has been a feature in Windows, all versions, for at least 15 years. That covers over 88% of all computer uses. To make most applications ‘speak your text,’ there are two steps: the setting of the ‘voice,’ then setting your application to know that you want it to speak your text.

Step 1.

You need to set the ‘voice’ of computer. These steps are for Windows 10. The same steps apply, but if you refused the Free upgrades from older Windows, then it’s up to you to find the exact ‘clicks.”

  1. Click on the Windows Icon in the bottom left hand corner of your screen
  2. Click on the ‘gear’ or ‘sprocket’ icon that appears immediately above the windows icon.
  3. The “Settings” will pop up in the middle of your screen.
  4. Click on “Ease of Access.”


  1. Click on “Narrator”
  2. Press the drop down menu to pick your “voice”
    Slide the “intonation pauses” to “On.”
  3. There are other things you can play with. Don’t. Resist the temptation until you get this to work.

Step 2. Add Speech to Word

  1. Open Word.
  2. RIGHT click, in the ‘gray’ area of the ‘ribbon’


  1. Click on “Customize Quick Action Toolbar”

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  1. There are four sub-steps
    1. At the top of the first list, click to choose “commands NOT in the ribbon.
    2. Search the new list for “Speak”, click on it.
    3. Click on “Add”
    4. Once “Speak” appears in the second column, click on “okay”
  2. Open a document, highlight the text you want to hear.
  3. Click on the “Speak” icon at the top of the Word Window. If you don’t hear a voice, unmute and increase the volume. If that doesn’t work, check the settings.

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