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Use Text-to-Speech in Word and non-Cocoa applications Apps
As a dyslexic college student, I often use Mac OS X's text-to-speech capabilities to proof my papers before submitting them to professors. As was noted in this hint, this can be accomplished in Cocoa applications using the Speech command in the service menu. In Microsoft Word, the option is unfortunately, grayed out, as it has no support for Services.

After reading an excellent article on Macdevcenter.com about Panther's enhanced speech capabilities, I realized a work around is now possible. In the Speech preference pane, under the tab Spoken User Interface, there is an option entitled "Selected text when key is pressed�. This option allows you to set a key command (I use option-S) so that when pressed, Mac OS X will read any selected text, in any application, including Microsoft Word, and other non-Cocoa programs.

[robg adds: Yes, this is a hint on an "obvious" preference panel item, but I figured it was worth sharing -- the fact that it now works at a system level, as opposed to an application level, is a blessing for many people.]

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Use Text-to-Speech in Word and non-Cocoa applications
Authored by: terceiro on Mar 30, '04 06:27:05PM

It may have been obvious to you, but it was something I'd tried and tried and tried to do in the past (10.1, and 10.2) and gave up in frustration. Thank you, thank you, thank you.



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Use Text-to-Speech in Word and non-Cocoa applications
Authored by: progs on Apr 03, '04 08:59:50PM

It does not work. All that happens is the applications ignores it or interprets the key combination as command-j (word and safari respectively).
I am running 10.3.3, can anyone help?



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Use Text-to-Speech in Word and non-Cocoa applications
Authored by: progs on Apr 04, '04 02:42:55PM

I figured it out, sort of. I use a dvorak layout and for some reason this command does not work if that is what is used. If anyone has a solution I would appreciate it.



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