You can often best proofread your documents by hearing them spoken.
You try your best to proofread your Microsoft Word documents, even tapping into the Grammar and Spelling checker to look for typos or other mistakes. But mistakes invariably sneak through.
What is a good way to move beyond reading and re-reading? One handy trick is by hearing your document read aloud to you. Hearing a document often catches mistakes that the eye misses. And if you’re writing an article, a paper, a speech, or another document that needs to be just right, listening to that document can help you better refine and revise it.
To hear your documents read aloud, you can call on the built-in Windows Text-to-Speech (TTS) feature. This feature lets you change the voice, control the volume, and select what you want to hear.
Open a document in Microsoft Word that you want to hear read aloud. Click on the Review tab to display the Review Ribbon. Position your cursor at the top of your document or a specific spot where you want the speech to start. Click on the Read Aloud icon on the Ribbon. The Speech feature begins reading your document aloud, highlight each word as it’s spoken. You can listen for any mistakes or typos or watch and listen at the same time to better catch any items you need to correct or change.