Read Aloud a doc in Word for iPhone or iPad

Word 365 Mobile for iPhone and iPad have Read Aloud or Speak options to make a voice read the document to you. The Microsoft Office options are almost the same for both devices.

Read Aloud in iOS is similar to the feature in Word for Windows with the same little control panel and options. It applies in Word 365 mobile and the ‘all-in-one’ Office app.

Word for iPad Read Aloud

Go to the Review tab and click the Read Aloud icon (big letter A ) to start reading and make the control panel appear.

Back – jumps back to the start of the current or previous paragraph.

Play / Pause

Forward – goes forward a paragraph.

Settings – change the reading speed.

There are no keyboard shortcuts available if you have a keyboard attached.

There doesn’t seem to be any choice of voice which is strange because, as we’ll see, Word for iPhone has voice selection.

Word’s Read Aloud voice and speed are separate from the iOS Accessibility | Spoken Content settings.

Word for iPhone Read Aloud

Read Aloud is available on iPhones in both Word 365 Mobile and the ‘all-in-one’ Office app.

Go to the Review menu and scroll down to Read Aloud.

The little control panel appears.

Back – jumps back to the start of the current or previous paragraph.

Play / Pause

Forward – goes forward a paragraph.

Settings – opens the Audio Settings menu to change the reading speed (Speech Rate Slider) and choose a voice pack.

Voice Pack

The voice selection depends on your language setting.

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