How to use Speak Cells option in Microsoft Excel

Excel 2013 has a feature that allows users to hear the cell value using the Speak Cells options. This is quite useful when you are typing or reading long list of values and want to listen to the values as they are typed or cross check the types values.

Enable Speak Cells button in Excel

Speak Cells buttons are by default not available in Excel toolbar. These buttons can be made available using the Customize Toolbar option.

Step 1: Click Customize Quick Access Toolbar and select More Commands from the list.

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Step 2:  Then select All Commands in Quick Access Toolbar.

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Step 3: Scroll down the commands list and add all the Speak Cells related commands to Quick Access Toolbar which is part of the right hand side list.

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Step 4: Then click Ok button to save the changes and close Customize Quick Access Toolbar screen. Now all the Speak Cells buttons should be available as part of Quick Access Toolbar as shown in the below screenshot

Also See: How to access calculator from Excel 2013

Speak Cells buttons in Excel

The different Speak Cells buttons are Speak Cells, Stop Speaking Cells, Speak Cells by Columns, Speak Cells by Rows and Speak Cells on Enter. You can select the Cell range and start using the Speak Cells feature.

Speak Cells – The users will start hearing the cells values on clicking this button.

Stop Speaking Cells – This will stop Speak Cell feature.

Speak Cells by Columns – When this option is combined with Speak Cells, Excel will enable Speak Cells by column wise.

Speak Cells by Rows – When this option is combined with Speak Cells, Excel will enable Speak Cells by row wise.

Speak Cells on Enter – Excel will enable Speak Cells on press of Enter key on Keyboard.

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Ravi Shankar

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  • Paula September 2, 2014, 6:31 am

    I added the Speak cells on enter command to try it out. It will not turn off. Other posts say this is a toggle button. I tried deleting it from the ribbon – did not turn it off. I added it back in, still no toggle. Added Stop speaking cells. This does not work. Is there any way to make it stop? I have Excel 2013

  • sureshkumar March 12, 2015, 9:08 pm

    I added the Speak cells on enter command to try it out. It will not turn off. Other posts say this is a toggle button. I tried deleting it from the ribbon – did not turn it off. I added it back in, still no toggle. Added Stop speaking cells. This does not work. Is there any way to make it stop? I have Excel 2013

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