How to Have Your Mac Read to You

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Some of us might not want to know what our Macs would say if they could speak. But you supply the words with text-to-speech software (included in system software versions 7.5 and later).

Things You'll Need

  • AppleWorks
  • Mac OS 9.0
  • Microsoft Word (for Mac)
  • NisusWriter
  • WordPerfect For Mac (Corel)
  • Compose text using your favorite word processing program.

  • Launch SimpleText, a basic word processor included on every Mac.

  • Copy the text into the open SimpleText window.

  • Open the Sound menu and select Speak All (or press Option-J). Your Mac reads the text!

Tips & Warnings

  • You can choose from a number of voices offered in SimpleText. Not all voices are available on all Macs.
  • NisusWriter (a Mac-only word processing application) has a text-to-speech function built-in, including the ability to read aloud French, German, Italian and Spanish text.
  • Use text-to-speech to edit your writing; it helps you hear mistakes. Listen to the text, then make corrections in your original word-processing document. (You lose most formatting copying back and forth from SimpleText.)
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