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Andrewoz
13th November 2017, 07:46
hi is it possible to have text to speech on a windows desktop would i need a microphone or anything . i know you can get them on laptops was hoping it would work on pc thanks Andrew

Streetwise
13th November 2017, 10:46
Hello Andrewoz
Here is some info firstly it said Excel so if you want to enable it in Excel : 2010 ,2013 ,2016 versions.
Next here's how to enable text to speech :go to quick access toolbar next to quick access toolbar
Click customise quick access toolbar
Click more commands
In the choose commands from list select all commands scroll down to the speak command select it and then click add click okay
There are more features but my arms are weak so I couldn't write it out here is the web address support.office.com it's entitled using the text to speech feature hope this helps

Terry
13th November 2017, 11:58
I could not follow your instructions Streetwise;

That does not mean that they are wrong as I'm no computer guy.

What version of Windows are you running Andrewaz?

You can buy programs such as "Grid" and many other that predict and store sentences etc.

Don't know what Ellie uses.

Love Terry

Ellie
13th November 2017, 14:38
Andrew, Word has a text to speech facility: type and select what text you wish to speak and select the Caption icon on the Word task bar and that text will be spoken.

Find out if your Word has this feature enabled by entering Text to Speech in the Tell me what you want to do box at the top of the Word page, if it's enabled, details will be shown on the right-hand top of page..

In Settings, you will have to select a voice, which has to be the same as your chosen Word language and keyboard (look on the bottom left of Word doc) so, if it shows English U.K., choose a U.K. voice. To do this, type Text to Speech in Settings then choose a voice and set the speed for delivery of speech. Slower is better.

You do not have to spend money on software if you have a compatible eye tracker - Optikey and Click2Speak are just 2 examples of software which have Text to Speech functionality, and are free to download.

A microphone is for Speech to Text.

Ellie.

Terry
13th November 2017, 16:58
What a excellent post, Ellie,

I will try it out later at home.

Love Terry

Andrewoz
14th November 2017, 06:28
thanks for the advice everyone . my computer is windows 10. i don't have word or excel so still not sure how to do text to speech without them . i don't have an eye tracker [is that whats on the eyegaze] i use my glassouse to operate my computer and just want to be able to communicate by typing and the computer doing the talking thanks Andrew

Streetwise
14th November 2017, 09:46
Go to YouTube and type in 'text to speech in Windows 10 'username is 'how to solve it 'sorry my memory is bad so I couldn't remember as quickly as The narrator was saying it .

Ellie
14th November 2017, 12:45
What do you use if you were to type a letter Andrew?

If you've no package installed in which to type, you cannot convert text to a speech output.

Terry
14th November 2017, 13:54
Hi Andrew,

I have a old program that I tried řeÓrs Ógo called Staggered Speech It is very basic and not so easy to delete words etc. However you can file them away in a text document, and that should be available on your computer.

It is not really what you wanted but it does something.

I hope that you get something better.

Love Terry

Ellie
14th November 2017, 14:51
Boy, that Staggered Speech must have wrecked your head Terry! What app did you paste the text into? Something like WordPad?

Ellie.

Terry
14th November 2017, 18:33
It's not the best program, Ellie;

You can write and store files in "Notepad" which is on my window 7 and probably on Andrews windows 10.

I don't use it and can still use a couple of fingers. I think that there must be better free ones and if not maybe better to buy something.

Have you got any speech therapist that you can get info from sop you don't waste time and money.

Love Terry

Andrewoz
15th November 2017, 05:30
hi i don't do any typing . if i buy a laptop what software and hardware do i need thanks Andrew

Andrewoz
15th November 2017, 09:25
problem solved i downloaded optikey and it works good on my computer without an eye tracker thanks for the help everyone :)

Terry
15th November 2017, 13:00
Hi Andrew;

I'm so glad that you have found something good to use. Keep us informed.

Love Terry

Andrewoz
15th November 2017, 13:36
quick question about the tobii eye tracker . been looking online at them and a lot of people use them for gaming . just not sure is the gaming one the same as the one that i need for a laptop thanks Andrew

Ellie
15th November 2017, 14:12
I use the Eye X; it was developed for gaming. It is sold as an SDK - Software Developer's Kit - and one has to download drivers, but that is straightforward.

Andrewoz
16th November 2017, 03:33
hi ellie do you know one that is supported .....

Ellie
16th November 2017, 12:24
Andrew,

I checked and Optikey does support the Tobii 4C eye tracker.

Also supports: Tobii EyeX, The Eye Tribe and myGaze.

Ellie.

Andrewoz
16th November 2017, 13:15
thx ellie my eye trackers on the way just need a laptop now ............... Andrew

Andrewoz
19th November 2017, 11:55
got my laptop waiting for eye tracker to arrive . been using optikey, it's good but annoying that you can't save phrases and sentences like you can on the Grid . had a go on click2speak you can save some sentences but it keeps crashing are there any other free programs available . Thanks Andrew

Streetwise
19th November 2017, 17:29
Type in Windows report.com / text to speech apps for Windows 10 , there are quite a few but as I'm autistic I have a very mild learning disability so I can't perceive which one is ideal for you .

Ellie
19th November 2017, 17:53
Type in Windows report.com / text to speech apps for Windows 10 , there are quite a few but as I'm autistic I have a very mild learning disability so I can't perceive which one is ideal for you .


They are Read Aloud apps i.e.they enable articles, books etc to be read aloud. They are not for text to speech purposes with an AT onscreen keyboard unfortunately.

Ellie
19th November 2017, 18:01
Andrew, can you add phrases to the dictionary, but is it a Grid? No.

Click2Speak is usually stable; any idea why it's crashing? Look at Task Manager when it crashes for clues on background processes.

Ellie.

Andrewoz
22nd November 2017, 11:06
got my tobii eye tracker 4c but not sure how to use it to operate my laptop . i callibrated it ok, that's as far as I got i thought it would be easy . any advice greatly appreciated Andrew

Ellie
22nd November 2017, 15:07
It is easy & straightforward to install the eye tracker. Did you download the Tobii software / drivers?

Andrewoz
23rd November 2017, 09:36
yes i downloaded the software it works on the calibration but can't use optikey . will try again tomorrow

Ellie
23rd November 2017, 14:24
If this is the first time you have used your eye tracker with OptiKey you will need to tell OptiKey which device you want to use. Open OptiKey's Management Console (with OptiKey focussed press ALT + M) and select the "Pointing & Selecting” tab.


Change the "Source" (under "Pointing”) to your tracking device.

Leave the "Key selection source" and “Point selection source" set to "Fixation" for now.

Click "OK" to save your changes. OptiiKey may need to restart, but your changes will be saved.

Ellie.

Andrewoz
25th November 2017, 10:04
thanks ellie been speaking to the guy who made optikey and he put me on the right track . all working good now got my eyegaze back from the repairers as well so i'm spoilt for choice now .. Andrew

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