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Save the above code as "speak.vbs" somewhere that's in your path environment variable.
Option Explicit On Error Resume Next Dim Speaker 'Becomes the object that is used to speak. Dim VoiceList, Voice 'Used in the loop to list the available voices Dim Words 'Words to speak Dim Speed 'Speed to speak, range is -10 (slow) to 10 (fast) 'Create the speaker object Set Speaker = CreateObject("SAPI.SpVoice") 'Get the words to speak Words = WScript.Arguments.Item(0) If Err.Number = 9 Then 'No command line parameters entered, including words to speak. Popup a usage dialog Words="Nothing to say!" & vbCrLf & vbcrlf & "Syntax:" & vbCrLf & "SPEAK ""hello world"" [slow|normal|fast|-10 to 10]" MsgBox Words Else If Lcase(WScript.Arguments.Item(0)) = "list" Then 'list the voices available - most systems only have the default Microsoft Ana. For each Voice in Speaker.GetVoices VoiceList = VoiceList & Voice.GetDescription & vbcrlf Next MsgBox VoiceList Else 'speak the word or words in quotes specified as the first parameter Select Case LCASE(WScript.Arguments.Item(1)) 'If a second parameter is specified, it's the speed of the voice. Talk slow or Talk fast. Case "slow" Speed = -5 'slower Case "fast" speed = 5 'faster case else 'either set the speech speed to normal OR use an absolute value (-10 to 10 - very slow to very fast) If IsNumeric(LCASE(WScript.Arguments.Item(1))) = True Then 'If the second parameter is a number then If CInt(WScript.Arguments.Item(1)) > -11 And CInt(LCASE(WScript.Arguments.Item(1))) < 11 Then 'checking that the number is between -10 and 10 Speed = WScript.Arguments.Item(1) Else 'an invalid number was entered, using the standard speed. Speed = 0 End If Else 'speed not specified, defaulting to normal Speed = 0 End If End Select Speaker.Rate = speed 'set the speech speed for the speaker Speaker.Speak Words 'say the words as obtained earlier. End If End If
@echo off dir c: /s /b speak "Directory listing complete"
CreateObject("SAPI.SpVoice").Speak "Hello World"