WordTalk was conceived and developed by Rod Macaulay of TASSC in Aberdeen, Scotland who later received a Microsoft Innovative Teacher Award for its development.

For people with reading and writing difficulties, having text reinforced by hearing it read aloud can be very useful.

It is also useful for proof reading and learning another language.


  • Speaks entire document, paragraph or word;
  • Highlights the text as it goes;
  • Talking dictionary;
  • Adjust the word highlight colours;
  • Change the voice and the speed;
  • Convert text to speech (wav or mp3).


  • Microsoft Windows (all versions supported);
  • Microsoft Word 2007 - 2016;
  • Computer synthetic voice (SAPI 4 or 5).

WordTalk will not work on:

  • Mac OS X,
  • iPad,
  • Android,
  • or Chromebook.

Is WordTalk really free?

Yes, no hidden costs! WordTalk is free and...

You may:

  • Install on as many machines as you need;
  • Distribute it to students, friends and family;
  • Use for educational and non-profit purposes.

You may not

  • Reverse engineer or disassemble the software;
  • Claim the software as your own;
  • Distribute this software from your website.

This summer (2016) we will upgrade WordTalk to fix bugs and provide better features...and it will still be free!

How do I use WordTalk?

The WordTalk toolbar sits neatly in your Microsoft Word toolbar. It allows you to use Word as a 'text-reader'.

To do this, you simply click you cursor where you want WordTalk to start speaking,

and then press one of the following buttons (first 4 on toolbar):

  • Speaks the entire document;
  • Speak the paragraph;
  • Speak the sentence;
  • Speak the word.

WordTalk will now highlight a word as it is spoken.