How to Change Your Computer's Default Voice From Sam

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How to Change Your Computer's Default Voice From Sam
Microsoft Sam is the default Text to Speech narrator for Windows 2000 and XP. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

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


  1. 1

    Click the "Start" menu.

  2. 2

    Click on "Control Panel."

  3. 3

    Select "Sounds, Speech and Audio Devices."

  4. 4

    Select "Speech."

  5. 5

    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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