How to Change the Voice in Microsoft Word When Reading Aloud

Microsoft Word has a feature that will cause it to read your document aloud. Simply click where you want it to start, enable the feature, then click the “Play” button.

This feature has some default settings, including the speed at which it reads, as well as the voice that it uses.

But the settings that it uses initially aren’t the only ones available, and you can elect to have it use a different voice when it reads the document.

Our guide below will show you how to change the speaking voice in Microsoft Word when it’s reading a document.

How to Use a Different Voice When Microsoft Word Reads a Document

The steps in this article were performed using the Microsoft Word for Office 365 version of the application. Many other recent versions of Microsoft Word include this feature as well.

Step 1: Open the document in Microsoft Word.

Step 2: Select the Review tab at the top of the window.

choose the Review tab

Step 3: Click the Read Aloud button.

click the Read Aloud button

Step 4: Click the Settings button at the right side of the window.

click the Settings button

Step 5: Click the dropdown menu under Voice selection, then choose the desired voice.

how to change the Microsoft Word reading voice

Note that this settings menu also lets you change the reading speed as well. You can click the bar on the slider and move it to the left to read slower, or move it to the right to read faster.

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