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Speaking the Contents of Cells in Excel

When you want to speak the contents of cells in Excel, you have a few different options. You can use the built-in text-to-speech feature, you can use a third-party text-to-speech tool, or you can use a macro. Each option has its own advantages and disadvantages, so you'll need to decide which one is right for you.

Using the Built-In Text-to-Speech Feature

Excel has a built-in text-to-speech feature that will read the contents of cells aloud. To use this feature, select the cells that you want to have read aloud, and then click the "Speak Cells" button on the ribbon. You can adjust the speed and volume of the speech, and you can also have Excel highlight the cells as they're being read.

One advantage of using the built-in text-to-speech feature is that it's free. However, there are a few disadvantages. First, the quality of the speech is not always great. Second, you can only have Excel read one cell at a time. So if you want to have a range of cells read aloud, you'll need to select each cell individually.

Using a Third-Party Text-to-Speech Tool

There are many different text-to-speech tools available online. Some are free, while others are paid. The advantage of using a third-party tool is that they usually have better speech quality than the built-in text-to-speech feature in Excel. Additionally, most third-party tools allow you to select a range of cells to be read aloud, so you don't have to select each cell individually.

The downside of using a third-party text-to speech tool is that they usually cost money. Additionally, some require installation on your computer, while others are web based and require an internet connection.

Using a Macro

If you're familiar with programming, you can create your own macro to read the contents of cells aloud in Excel. This gives you complete control over the speech quality and how the cells are selected. However, it does require some programming knowledge.

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