Hi, Office Insiders! My name is Sofia Thomas, and I’m a Product Manager on the Office Voice team. We’ve heard your feedback, and I’m excited to share with you that you can now continue listening to your documents on your Android phone or tablet, or on your iPad or iPhone, even while your screen is locked!
Read Aloud in locked-screen mode
Read Aloud takes advantage of the latest text-to-speech technology, enabling you to review your content out loud and catch any errors (also known as “proof-listening”). It also uses cutting-edge neural voices, developed byAzure Cognitive Services, which offer a more natural listening experience.
Using this feature on your device allows you to step away from the screen and give your eyes a break while listening to documents (even if your device screen locks). Read Aloud in locked-screen mode is the perfect way to remain productive while on the go!
How it works
Ready to try Read Aloud in locked-screen mode?
1. Open a document in Word on your device.
2. TapReview and then tapRead Aloud, or the Read Aloud icon on theMore optionsmenu. The app will begin reading the text at the beginning of the document.
NOTE:In iOS, a Read Aloud pop-up suggestion will appear if you connect headphones to the device while a Word document is open.
3. Lock your device screen, and notice that Word continues to read your document.