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July 24, 2013


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Lynn - Thanks for the idea. I just tried Win 7 Narrator. It's a bit tricky to get it to read what you actually want it to read, but pasting the text into Notepad seems to work reasonably well.

Reina M.

I had no idea that was available! Thank you!


What a wonderful tool! In a Mac Air go to: System Preferences, click Speech that says: Speak selected text when the key is pressed. From there you can change the key combination that you will use in the future to enable the text-to-speech function, the speaker's speed and even the system's voice!


Ooops! Should have used the proofreading tool, I'm sorry after clicking speech it is supposed to read: check the box that says: Speak Selected Text When the Key is Pressed...

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Thanks for your enthusiasm, Phil, Reina, and Josette.

Phil, this page describes the various shortcuts you can use to get Narrator to read the text you intend:


Josette, thanks for your information--and correction!



Wow!!! Thank you so much for the tip.

Billie Carrington

Thank you Karen J and Lynn for this wonderful tool. Much easier to close my eyes and listen to what I have written than to visually proofread where the tendency is to read, as you say, what you expect to be there.



Great idea, I print to proofread, this is much friendly to the environment.

By the way Windows 8 also has the Narrator.


Great tip. By the time comes to proofread, I've usually read documents several times and it becomes very hard to pick up errors. I'll try this feature for some extra help.

Jakki Bendell

What a great tip! When I proofread I try to make the text look different - by printing it, zooming in or changing the font size and/or colour temporarily.


Thank you. This is extremely helpful.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hello, Idara, Billie, MaryHazel, Jennifer, Jakki, and Ruth. I am glad you like this proofreading aid.

Let's remember that listening to a narrator helps us recognize only errors involving words. We still need to review punctuation, the spelling of names, number accuracy, formatting, and other aspects of our writing. I wish it were easier!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing.



Love, love, love this idea - thanks!

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

My pleasure!



You know, in life you come across an idea which is so simple that you wonder why it did not strike you in the first place. Well this post is one of those ideas!
Countless times I have used the text-to-speech feature for listening to my fav novels (I don’t download audio books – they take lot of space and also, sometime, I love to read rather than listen) but never used for proofreading!
Well, at least from now on I would start using it.
Thanks for sharing :-) :-)

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

I am glad you like this idea.


Lay Hong

Wow.. This is great idea. Although you posted this last year, and I only found out just now! Thanks a lot and I am sure it is very useful.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

You are welcome, Lay Hong. I hope it is helpful to you.


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