Text to speech: frequently asked questions

Here are some answers to common questions about text-to-speech programs.


  • Narrator is not available in all languages.

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Can on-screen text be read aloud to me?

Yes, Narrator and other programs read aloud text, buttons, menus, file names, and other items on the screen—even keystrokes. This can be helpful for people who don't see the screen or have difficulty seeing the screen.

Does Windows include a text-to-speech program?

Yes. It's called Narrator. It's adjustable in many ways and can make the computer easier to use. For more information, see Hear text read aloud with Narrator.

Are there other text-to-speech programs?

Yes, there are several. For a list of text-to-speech programs, go to the Microsoft Accessibility website.

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