Friday, July 26, 2013

Tips for using Microsoft's "Text-to-Speech" feature to improve proofreading

A tried and true proofreading technique is to read to yourself out loud the text in question as a way of catching errors.  The shortcoming of this method, though, is that we tend to read what we think is on the page rather than what's actually there (it's due to the way our brain tends to automatically fill in the gaps for us).  One solution suggested by the Business Writing Blog is to use a Microsoft program available for Office 2010 called "Text-to-Speech" (for Windows 7 it's called "Narrator") that reads the text out loud for you.  Click here to get instructions on how to download and install both versions.


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