Microsoft Windows has a feature called Text to Speech (TTS), which you can use in conjunction with applications such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel to narrate text in a computerised, synthetic voice. In Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP, the default voice for English-language Windows packages is Microsoft Sam. You can access the voice options for Windows Narrator, the program which Microsoft Sam is designed for, through the Control Panel.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Click the "Start" menu.
Click on "Control Panel."
Select "Sounds, Speech and Audio Devices."
Click on the scroll down Voice Selection menu to change the default voice from Microsoft Sam to another option.
Tips and warnings
- If you want more voice options, you should download the latest Speech SDK pack from the Microsoft website.
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- Microsoft Help and Support; How to Change the Voice That Is Used for Text to Speech; November 2002
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- Microsoft Help and Support; How to Configure and Use Text-to-Speech in Windows XP and in Windows Vista; May 2007
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