Logos 5: Adjust Read Aloud Speed

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

One of the most rewarding aspects of presenting Camp Logos training seminars around the globe is meeting Logos users. We have a great time discussing the Bible in the context of Logos Bible Software.

I also enjoy hearing which of the many Logos features is a person’s favorite. For one, it’s the Word by Word section in the Exegetical Guide. For another, it’s the Translation ring in Bible Word Study. And for another, it’s Copy Bible Verses on the Tools menu.

Here’s one that’s frequently mentioned that may surprise you: Read Aloud, located on the resource panel menu. In case you didn’t know, Logos will read many (but not all) of your books to you. This tool is listed among the favorites for various reasons:

  • Poor eyesight
  • Dyslexia
  • Eye fatigue

If you’ve never used this help, try this:

  • Open a resource such as the Lexham English Bible or Easton’s Bible Dictionary
  • Choose the panel menu on the resource
  • Select Read Aloud
  • Set back and enjoy the reading (A)
  • Notice the control buttons near the Layouts menu (B)

Adjust Reading Speed

To adjust the reading speed:

  • Click the number link on the control bar (four speeds are available) (C)

If you use this feature, please let us know why it’s helpful to you!


  1. I agree Matt, the default windows 7 64bit voice is Anna and is clueless. The voice cannot be changed without some serious registry tweaking and obtaining voices from other sources.

    • Paul Boone says:

      I too ended up buying a 3rd party read aloud as the quality of the voice has much to be desired. I would prefer a masculine more natural sounding voice.

  2. Mine also sounds disjointed. So I have to use another bible program to read aloud. I was told when I upgraded to Logos 5 the read aloud voice was improved but mine has not shone to be so. They didn’t mention it might be my “PC’s default voice”

  3. Don Randolph says:

    I was going to suggest Cepstral’s “William”, but apparently with Windows 8 (the second epic failure of Microsoft), the operating system overrides it. In Windows 7 or earlier, William by Cepstral is the most smooth and realistic male voice available and is used by several companies and individuals for automated systems for realism.

  4. Carolyn J. Allen says:

    I am wondering why companies such as yourself along with Apple, Amazon etc, that know that a product is coming out as soon as they release a new product and one may have ordered thinking that this is it just to find out months later that You and companies like you rip the public off by doing that, I am upset at this type of tactic that is not fair. I just up graded and now you have a launch of a new search engine and at what cost to me is way too high. I have supported this company with much money on a thin budget and would hope that you would give me and others like me a break. It is not so much that I want more books, that which I have is enough to keep me busy, it is the search engine for which I would be interested in having. I heard that Logos was going to give that part of the update for free, I think that if one has bought into the program then the company would give something back as a way of thanks. It this comment falls on a tender heart, please advise as to how one can get the search engine by itself. Thank You so much………..interested user!!!!!!!!!

  5. Carolyn J. Allen says:

    There was the recent comment from Morris Proctor, about the read-aloud that is available, I have heard much more clearer read aloud bibles, may I suggest an up date to this one for it is not all that clear. And is there a male voice offered as a substitute? It sometimes seems a run on the voice, not clearly being heard.

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