Can PowerPoint speak aloud and read the text in my slideshows? Yes, it can. Using the Speak command, also known as the Text to Speech (TTS) feature, PowerPoint can read the text in your slideshows and in your notes out loud.
Be advised, however, that there is not a pause and continue feature with Speak. This is available only with the Read Aloud command, which is available in Word and Outlook, but not yet in PowerPoint or Excel.
Add the Speak command to the Quick Access Toolbar
1. Click the Customize arrow on the Quick Access Toolbar.
2. From the drop-down menu, select More Commands.
3. On the Word Options screen > Customize the Quick Access Toolbar, locate the Choose Commands From field box and select All Commands.
Can PowerPoint speak aloud & read the text in my slideshows? was orginially posted by JD Sartain