Dictation and Read Aloud in Office

The latest ebook from Office-Watch.com is a little different, it’s a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to our Office Watch donors.

Peter Deegan has been quite astonished and humbled by the generosity of readers to our reader appeal.  Both the money and kind remarks have been a considerable morale boost quite beyond the practical help that the funds will be.

Dictation and Read Aloud in Office

Dictation and Read Aloud in Office is our latest ebook. All about the much improved features in Word and Office to convert your speech into text (Dictation) or speak document or email text to you (Read Aloud or Speak).

Only available by donating to the Office Watch reader appeal.

Dictation and Read Aloud in Office goes in-depth with these audio features across many platforms:

  • Windows
  • Mac computers
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • Android

Over 70 pages, full color with table of contents and fast searching.

Read Aloud

Read Aloud is mainly in Word and Outlook though there’s some use in Excel. It reads aloud the text in a document or spreadsheet for Microsoft 365 and Office 2019

  • It’s commonly used for proofing a document based on a paper document.  Let Office read aloud the document while you follow along with the original.  
  • It’s especially handy in Excel when you’re trying to check a paper table against a spreadsheet copy.
  • Give your eyes a rest from reading a document by listening to it instead.  Read Aloud is available on smartphones so you can listen while driving.\

The ebook also explains the older Speak feature for Office 2016, Office 2013 and Office 2010.


Dictate is also mostly useful in Word and Outlook.  It converts your spoken words into text on the document or email in Microsoft 365 for Windows, Mac, iPhone and Android.

  • Modern Dictate in Microsoft 365 doesn’t just convert ‘word by word’. It looks at whole phrases for the context of the spoken words.  That’s essential for homophones (words that sound the same like, I’ll, aisle and isle)
  • Dictate has voice commands to format text and insert special symbols.  There’s a whole chapter listing the Dictate Voice Commands with notes on some peculiarities and special cases.
  • If you like writing a first draft longhand, use Dictate to convert your handwritten notes into a document. Just read your notes into Word!

Word for iPad doesn’t have Dictate (at least not yet) so we’ve explained the alternatives that are working now!


Before using Read Aloud or Dictate, the speakers or microphone must be setup properly. That’s not always easy in Windows so we’ve added sections on troubleshooting speakers/headphones and microphones.

How Office really works

Office-Watch.com won’t just give you the official, overly simplistic, line.  We go beyond that to explain how Office really works.

It’s the combined experience of over twenty years at Office-Watch.com helping everyone from individuals and families through to businesses.

How to get Dictation and Read Aloud with Office

As a ‘Thank You’ to donors we’re publishing Dictation and Read Aloud with Office as a ‘Gracias Gift’ to our donors.

From today, anyone donating to fundraising drive will get a link to download Dictation and Read Aloud with Office as a PDF to keep.

The ebook isn’t sold via our usual ebook store. It’s an exclusive ‘Thank You’ to our donors.