How To Get Google Docs To Read To You

Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to get google docs to read to you.

How To Get Google Docs To Read To You

Do you ever wish you could have your documents read to you? If you’re a Google Docs user, you’re in luck! You can use a text-to-speech browser extension and the Google Docs accessibility features to have your documents read to you.

To make the Google Docs text-to-speech feature work, the user must install a screen reader application or extension. A screen reader is a software application that helps individuals with visual impairments or blindness access and navigates digital content. It is designed to read aloud text in a webpage using text-to-speech technology.

Google Docs includes an easy-to-use Verbalize option as a link to an existing screen reader application. In this guide, we’ll show you how to get Google Docs to read your document aloud using a screen reader.

How To Make Google Docs Read Text Aloud

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to make google docs read text aloud.

Step 1

First, open the document you want Google Docs to read to you.

Step 2

Next, head to Tools and click on the Accessibility option.

Step 3

Ensure that the “Turn on screen reader support” is checked off. Click on OK to proceed.

Step 4

Next, you’ll need to install a screen reader in your browser. One popular screen reader is the Screen Reader extension built by the Google Team. This extension is available for Google Chrome and all Chromium-based browsers (such as Microsoft Edge).

Step 5

Select the text you want Google Docs to read.

Step 6

In the Accessibility menu, select Verbalize to screen reader > Verbalize selection. Your screen reader will now verbalize the selected text to you.

Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+Alt+A and Ctrl+Alt+X in succession to verbalize a selection.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to get Google Docs to read to you.

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