Using Text-to-Speech

You can use text-to-speech to have text displaying on your screen (not your current dictation) read aloud in a computer voice. You can use this feature to have the product read back a document that you (or someone else) dictated while you listen for mistakes and make note of sections you might want to revise.

Text-to-speech is available only in the DragonPad, Microsoft Word, and Corel WordPerfect. You can, however, copy and paste text from other programs and then use text-to-speech.

To start text-to-speech, do one of the following:

  • Select the text you want to hear (a line, a paragraph, and so on), and then say "Read That."
  • Select the text you want to hear, and then select Read That from the Advanced submenu (or right-click in your document and click Read That from the shortcut menu).
  • Move the insertion point to the text you want to hear and say any of the following commands:
SAY... TO...
Read Line

Read back the current line

Read Document

Read back the whole document.

Read Window

Read back the text in view.

Read to Here

Read back from the top of the document window to the insertion point.

Read from Here

Read back from the insertion point to the bottom of the document window.



To stop text-to-speech, do one of the following:

  • From the NaturallySpeaking menu, point to Advanced and click Stop Playback/Reading.
  • Right-click in your document and click Stop Playback/Reading from the shortcut menu.
  • Press the ESC key.

You can control the speed, pitch, volume, and other text-toŽspeech settings. From the menu, click Tools > Options and select the Text-to-Speech tab.