How To Do Text To Speech On Google Docs

Last Updated on July 21, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to do text-to-speech in Google Docs.

How To Do Text To Speech On Google Docs

Google Docs has made it easier than ever to write, share, and collaborate on documents. With the addition of the text-to-speech feature, you can have your document read out loud to you as you work.

This can be helpful for proofreading your work, as the text-to-speech feature can help you catch any mistakes you may have missed. Text-to-speech can also be helpful for people with vision problems who need to use Google Docs.

In this guide, we will show you how to add text-to-speech in Google Docs by downloading a screen reader extension and add-on.

How to Use Text-to-Speech in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to use text-to-speech in google docs.

Step 1

First, head to the Chrome Web Store and download the Read Aloud extension.

Next, open a Google Docs document and select Extensions > Add-ons > Get add-ons.

Search for the Read Aloud TTS add-on and click Install.

The Google Docs add-on and Chrome extension will work together to perform text-to-speech in your browser.

Step 2

Head to the document you want to use text-to-speech on.

In the Extension menu, click on Read Aloud TTS > Open sidebar.

You will now find a panel on the right side of the Google Docs document. Keep this panel open for the text-to-speech functionality to work.

Step 3

Next, we’ll need to enable screen readers to read our documents.

To do this, click on Tools > Accessibility.

Step 4

Ensure that the option Turn on screen reader support is checked.

Click on OK to proceed.

Step 5

Highlight the text you want to be read.

Step 6

Click Accessibility > Verbalize to screen reader > Verbalize selection to enable the screen reader to read the selected text.

You can use the shortcut Ctrl+Alt+A followed by Ctrl+Alt+X to access the Verbalize selection option.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to do text-to-speech on Google Docs.

You may make a copy of this sample document to test it out on your own.