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Windows 7: Using built in text to speech function

23 Jul 2010   #1
DRV

Windows 7
 
 
Using built in text to speech function

I would like to use the text to speech function built in to Windows 7 to have my computer read Word and PDF files aloud. I can find the place to select the voice and reading speed, but can not figure out how to activate the text to speech function to read my documents. I should mention that I don't have a visual impairment so am not using the narrarator option. Any suggestions would be appreciated!


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24 Jul 2010   #2
OEM

OS3.5
 
 

You need to use "Narrator" to read the documents. Once Narrator Opens click on the header of the document you want to read. Give it a second or two and it will start reading aloud the document.

Narrator can be found in Control Panel\Ease of Access\...
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26 Jul 2010   #3
OEM

OS3.5
 
 

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Enjoy, and I hope I've helped with text-to-speech, just click on "Start Narrator" from Ease of Access then click on the windows header of that you wish to have read aloud.

You might find this tutorial helpfull,...
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12 Jan 2015   #4
kerrymurphy

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

i started narrator and it cycled reading the ease of access window. i opened a word document and clicked on the header but it kept reading the same?
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12 Jan 2015   #5
Callender

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Text To Speech

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kerrymurphy View Post
i started narrator and it cycled reading the ease of access window. i opened a word document and clicked on the header but it kept reading the same?
Try the portable version of this as you can run it without installing it:

Balabolka

It's the best free text to speech software that I've used.
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12 Jan 2015   #6
kerrymurphy

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thank you, and thank you for your prompt response.

i have it installed and it works fine. it is a pity Microsoft cannot approach the simplicity and quality of apple text to speech on the ipad
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