How to make your computer talk like a robot

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How to make your computer talk like a robot
Make your computer talk like a robot. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

In order to make your computer talk like a robot, you need a text-to-speech software program. These programs allow you to enter text and then enable an option to make the computer speak the words back to you. This feature is useful for writers, proofreaders or students who want an easier way to study, or for someone who doesn't have the best vision and would like to hear words rather than read them.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Text-to-speech software program

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download and install Natural Reader. This text-to-speech software has both free and paid versions. Natural Reader can read back text from most programs on your computer, including browsers and word processing software. The paid version integrates into your programs as a toolbar and also allows you to upload and listen to a very large text file (with millions of letters). You can change the tone of the robotic voice (male or female) and adjust how fast it talks.

  2. 2

    Use Adobe Reader to make your computer talk. This free software from Adobe allows you to hear text from PDF files. Just select "View" then "Read Out Loud" on the main menu to activate the robotic voice. The software will read your text until you go back to the "Read Out Loud" option and choose "Deactivate."

  3. 3

    Go to AT&T's Natural Voices free demo page online (see "Resources" for a direct link). This online software converts your written text into a robotic voice that repeats what you just wrote. You need an audio playback program on your program that can play WAV files (such as RealPlayer or WinAmp). Natural Voices is free, but it has a 300-character limit, so it is best reserved for translating short e-mails or instant messages to the robotic voice.

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