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A free 'text-to-speech' plugin for Microsoft Word created by Rod Macaulay.

It will act as a 'text reader' and create a spoken sound version of the text in the document and read it back to you as it highlights the words.

WordTalk has the following features:

  • Highlights the text as it goes;
  • Choose to Speak the entire document, paragraph or sentence;
  • Talking dictionary to help decide the word spelling;
  • Adjust the highlight colours;
  • Change the voice and the speed of the speech;
  • Convert text to speech and save as a .wav or .mp3 file.

You can download directly from:

It will only work with:

  • Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Word.

How do I use WordTalk?

WordTalk is not a program, it's a plugin (or 'add-on') for Microsoft Word.

The WordTalk toolbar sits neatly in your Microsoft Word toolbar. It allows you to use Word as a 'text-reader'.

To do this, you simply click you cursor where you want WordTalk to start speaking,

and then press one of the following buttons (first 4 on toolbar):

  • Speaks the entire document;
  • Speak the paragraph;
  • Speak the sentence;
  • Speak the word.

WordTalk will now highlight a word as it is spoken.


Using different voices

  1. Click on theĀ OptionsĀ button (spanner icon),
  2. A pop-up Configure box will appear,
  3. Select your preferred voice from the list of voices on the Speech tab
  4. Press OK.