Converting text to speech in LibreOffice and OpenOffice

Clipboard

In both office suites, you can also play back texts from the clipboard. To have the clipboard read aloud, go to the Tools | Add-Ons menu. After selecting some text and copying it to the clipboard, select the Read clipboard option. The speech synthesizer then starts playing back the text immediately without displaying an additional dialog.

Conclusions

Using Pico and the Read Text extension lets you have text from your office suite read in the language of your choice. Both LibreOffice and OpenOffice also offer the Read Text extension for older versions of their office suites, so you don't have to use the latest version. Together, Pico and the Read Text extension make a valuable contribution to removing barriers for Linux users with special needs.

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