Hear selected text read aloud

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Word

You can use the Text to Speech feature to hear selected text read aloud in a Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 document.

  1. If you have not already done so, set up the Text to Speech feature.

    How to set up the Text to Speech feature

    1. On the Apple menu, click System Preferences.

    2. Under System, click Speech.

    3. On the Text to Speech tab, on the System Voice pop-up menu, select the voice that you want to use.

      Tip   You can change the speed at which words are read by moving the Speaking Rate slider.

    4. Select the Speak selected text when the key is pressed check box, and then click Set Key to assign a keyboard shortcut that you want to use to hear text read aloud.

  2. In your document, select the text that you want, and then press the keyboard shortcut.

See also

Common Office keyboard shortcuts

Word keyboard shortcuts

Turn on Accessibility options

Excel

You can use the Text to Speech feature to hear selected text read aloud in a Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 sheet.

  1. If you have not already done so, set up the Text to Speech feature.

    How to set up the Text to Speech feature

    1. On the Apple menu, click System Preferences.

    2. Under System, click Speech.

    3. On the Text to Speech tab, on the System Voice pop-up menu, select the voice that you want to use.

      Tip   You can change the speed at which words are read by moving the Speaking Rate slider.

    4. Select the Speak selected text when the key is pressed check box, and then click Set Key to assign a keyboard shortcut that you want to use to hear text read aloud.

  2. In your document, select the text that you want, and then press the keyboard shortcut.

See also

Common Office keyboard shortcuts

Excel keyboard shortcuts

Turn on Accessibility options

PowerPoint

You can use the Text to Speech feature to hear selected text read aloud in a Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2011 presentation.

  1. If you have not already done so, set up the Text to Speech feature.

    How to set up the Text to Speech feature

    1. On the Apple menu, click System Preferences.

    2. Under System, click Speech.

    3. On the Text to Speech tab, on the System Voice pop-up menu, select the voice that you want to use.

      Tip   You can change the speed at which words are read by moving the Speaking Rate slider.

    4. Select the Speak selected text when the key is pressed check box, and then click Set Key to assign a keyboard shortcut that you want to use to hear text read aloud.

  2. In your document, select the text that you want, and then press the keyboard shortcut.

See also

Common Office keyboard shortcuts

PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts

Turn on Accessibility options

Outlook

You can use the Text to Speech feature to hear selected text read aloud in a Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 message, contact, or task.

  1. If you have not already done so, set up the Text to Speech feature.

    How to set up the Text to Speech feature

    1. On the Apple menu, click System Preferences.

    2. Under System, click Speech.

    3. On the Text to Speech tab, on the System Voice pop-up menu, select the voice that you want to use.

      Tip   You can change the speed at which words are read by moving the Speaking Rate slider.

    4. Select the Speak selected text when the key is pressed check box, and then click Set Key to assign a keyboard shortcut that you want to use to hear text read aloud.

  2. In your document, select the text that you want, and then press the keyboard shortcut.

See also

Common Office keyboard shortcuts

Outlook keyboard shortcuts

Turn on Accessibility options

Applies To: Word for Mac 2011



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