A Microsoft Word Tip

If you work in Microsoft Word, you know that all the spell checking in the galaxy won’t catch the random typo or misplaced word.

Save yourself some embarrassment by enabling the Read Aloud feature in Word and let your computer read to you before you send off that document. This has become a standard part of my workflow.

You will be amazed at what you learn about a piece of writing by having it read to you. Oftentimes I’ll move paragraphs or sentences if I don’t like the way it sounds.

Add the Read Aloud feature to your Word toolbar and give it a try.

Here’s how to find it in the Mac version: (It’s also available in Word for Windows.)

1. Click the three dots to bring up the menu choices.

2. Select “Read Aloud” so it’s checked.

3. Place your cursor where you want the narration to begin. Or, you can select just a sentence, paragraph or section you want read aloud.


This was a game changer for me.

Update! Read Aloud is also available in Word for iPad OS: