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Changing text-to-speech voice and language on Windows 11, 10, 7

Microsoft has recently rolled out Windows 11 for some computers and laptops. Interface modifications have made pretty familiar features difficult to access for some users. In this article, we’ll find out how to change text-to-speech voice and language on Windows 11, 10, 7.

What is text to speech and why do you need it?

Text-to-speech (TTS) is the technology that allows pronouncing printed text on your operating system. TTS engine is used for text recognition and speech synthesis.

This feature is important if you want to generate a voiceover for videos, hear text aloud with Microsoft Narrator, or check pronunciation in foreign languages.

There are no configurations for TTS voices for Windows within your audio editing software. TTS Windows 10 voices and languages need to be chosen in the settings, the same is true for other versions. Sometimes, Windows has default settings applied, but on Windows 11, 10, 7 you can change the text to speech voice and locale manually.

About Windows 11

The new version of the world’s most popular operating system is intended to improve user experience by introducing a clear and intuitive interface, providing necessary apps, new capabilities for gaming and entertainment.

Here are the minimum requirements for your computer or laptop, if you want Windows 11 on board.

CPU — 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC) with the frequency of 1 GHz, 2 cores

RAM — 4 GB

Storage — 64 GB

System Firmware — UEFI, Secure Boot capable

TPM: Version 2.0

Display: 720p resolution, 9″ screen, 8 bits per color channel.

The requirements were taken from the official Microsoft website. To know more about the initial release of Windows 11 for your device, follow this link.

How to change text-to-speech language on Windows 11, 10, 7?

Before you change the language of the text-to-speech technology on the latest versions of Windows, make sure you have additional languages installed. Go to Microsoft Store or open the settings to get them.

Install TTS languages on Windows 11 and 10

In settings, click Time & Language -> Language -> Region (Windows 10).

Source: microsoft.com

On Windows 11, the path will be Time & Language -> Language & Region.

Tap the Add a language button and choose the language you want to install. Make sure there is the Microphone button next to the locale you choose. It means text-to-speech is available for your option.

Source: microsoft.com

Choose the recently installed language as the preferred one, if necessary.

How to install TTS languages on Windows 7

To add language packs on Windows 7, click Start -> Windows Update. Check the optional updates.

Source: microsoft.com

Choose the pack under the Windows 7 Language Packs category and click OK.

Change text-to-speech language on Windows 11 and 10

Go to the language settings and open the Speech tab.

Choose the necessary language for your device from the dropdown menu under Speech language.

Change text-to-speech language on Windows 7

Click Start -> Control Panel -> Ease of Access and switch to Speech recognition.

Click Advanced speech options and choose the language from the list.

That is how to change text-to-speech language on Windows 11, 10, and 7.

How to change your text-to-speech voice on Windows 11, 10, 7?

Now that we have added or changed the preferred language for TTS, we can choose between male or female voices. Some languages have even multiple speakers for each option.

How to change a TTS voice on Windows 11 and 10

In settings, go to Time & Language -> Speech and choose a voice from the dropdown menu.

The chosen voice will be used to read text aloud. Don’t like any of the installed options? Add new ones using the Add voices button below.

How to change a TTS voice on Windows 7

Click Start -> Control Panel -> Ease of Access and switch to Text-to-speech.

Select the desired voice from a list.

Now you know how to change text-to-speech voice on Windows 11, 10, and 7. But what if you want to slow it down, change the tone of voice, or apply effects? Then you need an audio editing app.

How to use text-to-speech in AVS Audio Editor?

We’re all set and ready to test the new voice and language for TTS in the audio software. Let’s see how it works in AVS Audio Editor.

1. Open the Generate tab and select Text to Speech in the top toolbar.

2. Enter your text in the opened window.

3. You can choose custom pitch (tone of voice), rate (how fast the text must be pronounced), and volume. Alternatively, use ready presets on the left side of the window

4. Click OK to save the voiced text.

Convert text to speech easy with AVS Audio Editor:

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