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Text to Speech Shortcut - Create

How to Create a Text to Speech Shortcut in Windows 7
Published by Brink
26 Feb 2010
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How to Create a Text to Speech Shortcut in Windows 7

information   Information
This will show you how to create or download a Text to Speech shortcut that opens to this tab in the Speech Properties window. You can also Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu this shortcut, or move where you like in Windows 7 for easy use.
Note   Note
The following table describes the text-to-speech options on the Text to Speech tab.

Option Description
Voice selectionLists available text-to-speech voices. Click a voice to activate it. Once selected, the text-to-speech engine will speak the text to preview the voice.
SettingsShows additional information or options about the text-to-speech engine. It is specific to the engine type, and not all engines have additional properties.
Use the following text to preview the voiceDisplays the sample text spoken by the text-to-speech playback voice. You can change the text temporarily, but it will always default to the original content.
Preview VoiceSpeaks the text in the Use the following text to preview the voice box using the selected voice. Each word is highlighted as the engine speaks it. When speaking, the Preview Voice button changes to Stop, which allows you to end the speech. When finished speaking (or if it's stopped), the Stop button changes back to the Preview Voice button.
Voice speedAdjusts the rate of speech for the text-to-speech playback voice.
Audio outputOpens the Sound dialog box. You can adjust settings for your audio output devices.
AdvancedClick to set a preferred audio device as output for text-to-speech playback. It will be active only if there is at least one audio device installed.

EXAMPLE: Text to Speech
Text to Speech Shortcut - Create-text_to_speech.jpg

Text to Speech Shortcut - Create OPTION ONE Text to Speech Shortcut - Create
Download the Shortcut
1. Click on the download button below to download the file below.
2. Click on Save, and save the .zip file to the desktop.

3. Open the .zip file and extract the Text to Speech shortcut to the desktop.

4. Right click on the Text to Speech shortcut, and click on Properties, General tab, and on the Unblock button. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: If you do not have a Unblock button under the General tab, then the shortcut is already unblocked and you can continue on to step 5.
Text to Speech Shortcut - Create-unblock.jpg
5. Move the shortcut to where you like for easy use.

6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .zip file on the desktop if you like, or save it to use again.

Text to Speech Shortcut - Create OPTION TWO Text to Speech Shortcut - Create
Manually Create the Shortcut
1. Right click on a empty area on desktop, and click on New and Shortcut.

2. Type the location below into the location area, and click on the Next button. (See screenshot below)
%WinDir%\explorer.exe shell:::{D17D1D6D-CC3F-4815-8FE3-607E7D5D10B3}

%WinDir%\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL %SystemRoot%\System32\Speech\SpeechUX\sapi.cpl,,1
Text to Speech Shortcut - Create-step1.jpg
3. Type Text to Speech for the name, and click on the Finish button. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: You can name this anything you would like though.
Text to Speech Shortcut - Create-step2.jpg
4. Right click on the new Text to Speech shortcut on the Desktop and click on Properties.

5. Click on the Shortcut tab, then click on the Change Icon button. (See screenshot below)
Text to Speech Shortcut - Create-step3.jpg
6. In the line under "Look for icons in this file", type the location below and press Enter. (See screenshot below)

Text to Speech Shortcut - Create-step4.jpg
7. Select the icon highlighted in blue above and click on OK. (See screenshot above)
NOTE: You can use any icon that you would like instead though.

8. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
Text to Speech Shortcut - Create-step5.jpg
9. Move the shortcut to where you like for easy use.
That's it,

26 Feb 2010   #1
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition

A good tutorial Shawn! <--- Is it ADA compliant?

But I must say, while a nice attempt at helping the sight challenged this app still needs work... It's nothing compared to what the blind actually use; a program called JAWS. But the blind and sight challenged need this wrapped into the OS at no additional fee... JAWS is pricey! PCs should be accessible to the deaf and blind without any added expense, hopefully MS will get this right in the future.

The voice to text is working pretty good, so they are on the right track!

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26 Feb 2010   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Darryl,

I'm not sure if it's ADA compliant or not. I have not seen anything that says it is or isn't. Sorry.
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04 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7

Is it also possible to create a direct shortcut to the other register card "Speech Recognition" ?

I have played with shortcut to sound control panel and can access direct to the input devices ("Recording") with this shortcut:

Sound Shortcuts - Create

So: Is there a similar possibility to create a direct shortcut to register card "Speech Recognition" (first picture of this tutorial) ?
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04 Jan 2011   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Konst,

Here you go mate. This is the location to have it Speech Properties open to the Speech Recognition tab. :)
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04 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7

Thank you for your quick work. But don't work for me: With the downloaded zip file or with the manually created shortcut I only get access to register card "Text to Speech".
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04 Jan 2011   #6

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Sorry, I'll play with it some more to see what I can do with it. I'll post back with a update if I can get it sorted.
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