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How to get Excel to speak to you - reading out the contents of cells
Part three of a three-part series of blogs
Deep within its bowels Excel contains a feature allowing it to read out the contents of cells (you can also get your VBA macros to talk to users). This blog goes to those deep places hidden within Excel!
The previous part of this blog showed how you can get Excel to read things out to you, but you can also perform the same trick in VBA.
Here's a basic subroutine to speak to you:
Application.Speech.Speak ("Wise Owl")
The Speak method has 3 arguments, but only the first one is of any interest, as this Microsoft page demonstrates.
If you want to get Excel to do this, you could run this macro!
Dim ThisNumber As Integer
Dim i As Integer
Dim IfPrime As Boolean
'hideously inefficient algorithm!
For ThisNumber = 2 To 100
IfPrime = True
For i = 2 To Int(Math.Sqr(ThisNumber))
If ThisNumber Mod i = 0 Then
IfPrime = False
If IfPrime Then Application.Speech.Speak CStr(ThisNumber)
Probably the best use of Excel speech is to read out the contents of cells. This nifty macro would read out the contents of all of the values in column A, colouring each in as it went:
Dim DataRange As Range
Dim DataCell As Range
'get reference to range of data
Set DataRange = Range( _
ActiveCell.Offset(1, 0), _
'loop over cells, reading each
'and then colouring in
For Each DataCell In DataRange
DataCell.Interior.Color = RGB(250, 220, 240)
Application.Speech.Speak ( _
Replace(DataCell.Address, "$", "") & _
" = " & _
Here's the macro in action (the data is actually my scores at an app called Scramble, if you must know):
The macro has read out so far:
As you can see from the above three examples, the world of speech is now your oyster!
|Parts of this blog|
Some other pages relevant to the above blogs include:
|When:||01 Jul 20 at 15:19|
Is there any possibility in Excel to make it speak in other languages (Dutch for exeaple) using VBA ("application.speech"). I don't seem to be able to select a Dutch voice with "speech.Getvoices.item(x)", although I have a Dutch voice in Windows 10.
|When:||01 Jul 20 at 15:47|
I honestly don't know! Anyone else ever seen this?
|When:||03 Jul 20 at 11:59|
I found the answer myself. This site is great. And it works. I have a Dutch voice now in Excel. Should work for all other languages you can download from Microsoft.
|When:||03 Jul 20 at 12:06|
That's so cool! Although slightly scary too, as it involves editing the registry. I haven't tried it - I think I'll stick with Microsoft English ...
|When:||26 Sep 16 at 11:33|
I just read this article about "Getting Excel vba speak to you". My question is if you could help me setting up my excel sheet to speak a few selected cells when I press the "calculate" button. Is this possible to do with excel? I have about 8 cells that gives me some calculation results that I would like to be read when I press the calculate button.
|When:||26 Sep 16 at 16:04|
I've written a separate blog explaining how to do this.
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