This application works on windows versions 98 through Vista and the 32 bit version of 7 within Microsoft Word versions from 97-2007. It installs and works like other toolbars inside of Word. You just place your cursor in front of the text you want to read and click on Speak from Cursor, Speak Paragraph, Speak Sentence, or Speak Word. You can also create MP3 files by click on Save Sound Files.
To install WordTalk click on the link below, complete their form, and follow their installation directions. For the install you will just need to click on Next until it finishes. When install is complete go to the Start Menu, select All Programs, click on WordTalk, and click Continue. This will add the WordTalk toolbar to Word for you. The installation guide below is not very comprehensive. If you have any problems there are some pointers below the WordTalk Install Guide on this page.
The .NET Framework needs to be installed for WordTalk to work. Donít worry this is on most computers running XP or Vista. The WordTalk install will tell you if you donít have it and what to do.
The program uses the SAPI 5 voices installed on your computer. If you are running vista this is actually a good thing because it comes with some really nice voices. To select a voice you will need to choose it in the Control Panel by opening the Speech dialog and clicking on Text to Speech. There you will find all the voices that work with WordTalk.
If you are having trouble getting WordTalk to load in Word than you will probably need to set your security settings to allow Macros. Word 97-2003 does this differently than Word 2007.
It will not appear in the home tab. To get to the WordTalk options you will need to select the Add-Ins tab in the ribbon at the top of the window. The rest of the directions are the same for configuration and use.