How to Turn On Text to Speech with Google Docs?

Customizing text-to-speech settings in Google Docs

How to Activate Google’s “Screen Reader” Text to Speech extension?

The first thing to know is that only the Google Chrome browser supports Google “Screen Reader” extension offered by Google themselves text-to-speech functionality. The text-to-speech Google Screen Reader Chrome extension is unavailable in other browsers such as Mozilla Firefox or Opera. In other browsers, text-to-speech (TTS) on Google Docs can be accomplished through third-party apps. Google Chrome extensions use voice to make text aloud. You can easily activate text-to-speech on Google Docs by following these steps:

Turn on screen reader support on Google Documents

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Open and login Google Drive
  • Open the Google Docs that you want to use for text-to-speech 
  • Navigate to the “Tools” item on the top toolbar
  • Click on “Accessibility settings” at the end of the options
  • Check the first option that is “Turn on screen reader support” and save the choices by clicking “OK” in the bottom right corner

Download “Screen Reader” offered by Google

  • Go to Google “Chrome Web Store”
  • Find the extension search field and type “Screen Reader” into it
  • Press the “Add to Chrome” button on the right of the screen
  • Give permissions to install by pressing the “Add extension” box
  • Wait until it is installed

Use Screen Reader on Google Docs

  • Go to Google Docs for text-to-speech functionality
  • Select the text to read aloud
  • Go to the toolbar and press the Accessibility features
  • Click the first option “Speak” and then “Speak Selection”
  • Now Google Screen Reader will read the text for you
Google docs is a writing program

How to turn off Google’s “Screen Reader” extension for Text to Speech?

  1. Click the puzzle icon at the right corner of the Google Chrome browser
  2. Press “Manage Extensions”
  3. Disable the Screen Reader extension on the opened page

What are the Problems with the Screen Reader extension?

Google screen reader extension has some disadvantages in converting text to audio. Here are the some problems with Screen Reader extension:

  • Turning off or on is not easy: You should go to “Extensions” from the settings of the Chrome browser, and then you should turn off the Screen Reader extension. 
  • Hard to control When a screen is switched, it starts reading the screen from beginning to end.
  • Starting reading from cursor: Screen Reader extension begins reading where the cursor is. The position of the cursor and the words read the change. This makes control difficult.

What is Google Docs?

Google Docs is an online word processor that allows you to create and format documents that can be worked on collectively. You can edit documents in real-time, compare changes, and comment with others about your work. It’s also great for sharing documents when discussing edits or collaborating on a project.

What Do People Use Text-to-Speech on Google Docs?

  • Increased Accessibility: Using text-to-voice to create speechified versions of the products increases accessibility for individuals who are visually impaired. Therefore, it enables anyone to use Google Drive tools
  • Ease of Use: In some cases, listening is more comfortable than reading long papers.
  • Multitasking: Users are able to listen to the written material while performing other tasks.
  • Proofreading: Text-to-speech feature helps to identify errors or unnatural phrasing, which improves the overall quality of the written content.

What is Google Drive?

Google Drive is an online free storage and file-hosting service that allows users to create, edit, and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. To use Google Drive, just sign up for a free Gmail account. Google Drive provides online tools such as Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Google Forms that can be used and shared for business and personal purposes. These programs combine the power and flexibility of the cloud with the convenience of always-available mobile access to help reduce paper usage and save time.

Can I use Google Drive and its tools on a tablet, iPhone, or android mobile device?

Google Drive has simultaneous viewing and editing features on tablet phones and computers. It can also simultaneously work on various operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Android, and iOS.

What is the sharing limit of Google Drive?

A Google Drive file can be shared with a maximum of 600 people. When sharing with groups, it is possible to share with a maximum of 100 groups so that the total number of people the drive is shared with does not exceed 600 people.

What is the storage limit of Google Drive?

A regular Google Account gives 15 GB of free Google Drive storage. Google has various packages for those needing more storage space and businesses that want to take advantage of different privileges. Google Drive pricing policies change according to the country. To learn more about extra storage, check this site

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Google Slides?

Google Slides allows you to create, present, and work on presentations with others. Skillful formatting and easy collaboration are just some of its features. You can use it to share with your classmates, give a presentation to your boss, or plan a wedding. With Google Slides, you can also create a slideshow that includes text, images, and videos – all in one place. 

What is Google Sheets?

Google Sheets is a spreadsheet program part of Google’s free, web-based Google Docs Editors suite. You can create a spreadsheet and share it with friends by email or edit it in real-time with co-workers on the same document from any Apple, android, or other devices.

What is Chromebook?

Chromebooks run Chrome OS, an operating system made by Google. 
You can activate or deactivate ChromeVox from any page by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Z keyboard shortcut.
To learn more about Chromebooks: Learn about Chromebooks
Chromebook help community: Chromebook Community

Do I need a Chromebook to use the Google Docs text-to-speech feature?

You do not need Chromebook to use the Screen Reader extension of Google. However, this extension works explicitly within the Chrome browser to read content aloud.

What is ChromeVox?

Chromebooks include a screen reader called ChromeVox that allows blind or visually impaired people to use the Chrome operating system. ChromeVox reads a web page aloud and attempts to convey HTML (code) to the user. It is appropriate for Google tools such as Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Google Forms.

How Do I change the language of ChromeVox?

ChromeVox tts speaking language changes depending on the language in which you use ChromeOS. ChromeVox language can be changed by changing your Chrome OS language preferences. 

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