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    Cool text to speech

    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    What a excellent post, Ellie,

    I will try it out later at home.

    Love Terry
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    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

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    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 .

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    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.
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    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.

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    Boy, that Staggered Speech must have wrecked your head Terry! What app did you paste the text into? Something like WordPad?

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