Can Microsoft Word read to me? Yes, it can. The Speak function has already been integrated with Microsoft Office 2003 (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.) in version 2003. It was called Text to Speech (TTS) back then and worked almost the same as it does now. Fortunately, this is very easy to set up and use, so you can get started right away.
Add the Speak button to the Quick Access Toolbar
1. On the Quick Access Toolbar, click the arrow Customize .
. 2 From the drop-down menu, select More Commands .
. 3 On the screen Word Options > Customize the Quick Access Toolbar search the field select the "Commands" field from and navigate to the command "Speak". Select the command Talk Click the Add button in the center of the screen and then click OK .
. Word adds the Talk command at the bottom of the Quick Access Toolbar, and you're ready to go.
Click the Talk button to listen to your text.
. 1 Make sure your system's speakers or sound devices are turned on.
. 2 Select a section of text, and then click the command button Speak .
. 3 Word reads selected text, including the entire document. Press Ctrl + A to select the entire document.
. 4 Click once on the command button Talk to start the read session, and then click it again to end the read session. There is currently no option to pause and continue, but many users have requested this feature, so look for it in future releases.
Select the "Read aloud" command
1. Another way to have your text read out in Word is to select the Review > Read Aloud tab.
The biggest advantage of Read Aloud over the Speak command is its biggest advantage. ..
(a) You do not have to select the text. Simply position the cursor where you want to begin reading and click the button.
And (b) if you click the button a second time, it stops. Click the button again to continue from this point. Basically, you have a pause function with a reading that is not available with Speak.
Change the Speak preferences in the Windows Control Panel.
The Speak presets are defined in Widows, not in Word.  1. Click Start> Windows System> Control Panel
. 2. Select Easy Access> Speech Recognition> Text to Speech and the Speech Properties dialog box opens on the Text to Speech tab.
. 3 Select Voice Selection for a Male Voice MS David Desktop or for a Female Voice MS Zira Desktop .
. 4 Click on the Preview button to hear the individual voices and make your selection.
. 5 Use the slider at Voice Speed to set the reader's pace (slow, normal, or fast).
. 6 Click the Audio Output button to set the sound preferences.
. 7 Click the Advanced button to select or change the output device.