Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Turning Off Speech Capabilities.

Turning Off Speech Capabilities

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 3, 2019)

Carol has speech capabilities turned on when working with a workbook on her system. (She likes to hear her entries read back to her as a double-check of their accuracy.) She doesn't want the speech capabilities turned on when she sends the workbook to her Executive Director, and was wondering how to do this.

Actually, this is something that the Executive Director has to do on his or her system. Have the Director follow these steps:

  1. Choose Toolbars from the View menu, and then choose Text to Speech from the list of available toolbars. The Text to Speech toolbar should now be visible.
  2. On the toolbar, click the Speak on Enter button (the far right one) so it is turned off.

That's it. The toolbar can be dismissed, if desired, or it can be left on the screen to control other aspects of the speech capabilities.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (3127) applies to Microsoft Excel 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Turning Off Speech Capabilities.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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