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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.

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  • Microsoft Windows (all versions supported);
  • Microsoft Word 2007 (WordTalk will work with all version of Windows) ;
  • Microsoft Word 2010 and 2013 (WordTalk will only work on Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10);
  • Computer synthetic voice (SAPI 4 or 5).

There is a high quality Scottish computer voice available free to schools, pupils, students and various organisations in Scotland.


WordTalk will not work on:

  • Mac OS X,
  • iPad,
  • Android,
  • or Chromebook.

How do I use WordTalk?

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.

How does WordTalk work?

  • WordTalk is not a program, it is a plugin (or 'add-on') for Microsoft Word;
  • it simply gives Microsoft Word extra functionality to speak the text and highlight the words.

It works as follows:

  1. WordTalk reads the text in your Word document and sends it to the computer voice;
  2. The text is converted to speech by the computer voice;
  3. The audio is read aloud.

Is it free and where do I get it?

Yes! WordTalk is free and...

You may:

  • Install the software on as many machines as you need to for educational, research, non-profit and non-commercial purposes;
  • Copy the CD to distribute it to kids, parents, friends and family for use on computers at home, school, work etc. etc.

You may not

  • Reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble the software.
  • Claim the software as your own or incorporate it into other products without retaining this license agreement;
  • Distribute this software from your website.

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