Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 11:39 PM – Tips and Hints
Everyone knows it is hard to proofread your own work. You can run spell check and that help some, but it won’t catch mistakes such as putting in two when you should enter too, or leaving an s off the end of a word when it needs to be there. Nor will it catch putting in a word twice. Spellcheck also isn’t much help with punctuation.
It always helps to have someone else read your work, but if no one is around to do that for you, here is a trick that you can try — let your Mac read it back to you.
That will certainly catch double words and perhaps help you identify poor punctuation, and it will certainly let you hear the flow of your words. It is really easy to set this function up.
Select the Apple menu > System Preferences > Speech > Text to Speech. Put a check in the box next to “Speak selected text when the key is pressed”. Click on the Set Key button and choose a combination of keys that you will use to activate the speech recognition activity.
Choose a voice from the options offered at the top of the window and choose the speaking rate from the options offered.
Close the window and you are all set. Next time you want something read, just highlight the text and hold down your selected keys and your Mac will read it for you. Give it a try.