|Who knew that word 2010 can speak? I just learned about a feature on word 2010 that allows you to hear what you’ve written. Whether you’re a writer, writing a letter, poem or whatever, this could be useful and I thought I’d pass it along. I’ve installed it, and it does work fairly well. As you might expect, the voice is a bit stilted, but it’s still a useful device. It just takes a few minutes to install. Once installed on your tool bar, just highlight the paragraph you wish to hear and click on the microphone icon.
Here are the instructions.
- Open a document in Word 2010.
- Right-click anywhere in the Ribbon underneath the HOME tab and click “Customise the Ribbon.”
- Right-click HOME in the Right-hand pane.
- Click “Add New Tab.”
- Right-click New Group then click RENAME.
- Give the group a suitable name such as Narration – or similar.
- Choose a relevant symbol from the grid (i.e. microphone) then click OK.
- Click the Dropdown menu headed “Choose commands from.”
- Select “All Commands” then scroll down the left-hand pane and click SPEAK.
- Click the name you have used (i.e. Narration) in the right-hand list.
- Click the “Add” button in the middle of the screen and then OK.
- The SPEAK button will now appear under the HOME tab (if you have too many buttons on the ribbon, it may appear in a New Tab at the top).
- Highlight a section of your text. Click the SPEAK icon and sit back and listen to your work!
Happy Writing – and listening.