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Personally, I find proofreading articles is much easier if it’s read back to me. Hearing it helps me spot mistakes that my eyes sometimes do not catch while reading it to myself. There are plenty of add-ons to accomplish this task in a browser, but for desktop programs like Microsoft Word, they are a little harder to come by. WordTalk is a fantastic example of how a text-to-speech plug-in can be done for Word, and best of all, it’s completely free.
WordTalk has all the features you need from a text-to-speech program. You can also change the voice of the computer to one that suits your personal tastes. As it reads the text, it highlights it, which makes it easier to follow along with the voice. You can change the color of the highlight to match your preferences. You can also change the speed at which the program reads the text to you.
Another cool thing that this program does that I have not seen from others is the ability to save the speech for listening later. It can save as a WAV or MP3 so you can take the files on a portable media player for listening when it is convenient for you.
- Have text read aloud in Microsoft Word.
- Supports all versions of Word.
- Change speed and voice of reading.
- Highlights text as it reads.
- Save reading as MP3 or WAV files.
Find WordTalk @ wordtalk.org.uk/Home