How can I get Text to Speech going in Office XP?
Posted on 2003-11-13
When I got my first PC, back in the early 90s, the first thing I did was to personalise it by having it "Welcome me" on boot up using the text to speech program that came with the SB Pro sound card. OK it sounded like Stephen Hawking, but with a little bit of programming in Autoexec.bat it was fairly reasonable and time specific - Good morning, evening etc(though nothing like the built in Amiga voice.)
Now I've just installed Office XP and notice it has Text to Speech built in.
A) It's not working: In Control Panel the Speech Applet delivers the Error message:
! Speech Properties
The selected voice could not be initialized. You may not be able to play the voice.. Please try slecting a different voice or a different audio output device.
1) Well there are only two voices, Michael and Michelle & the problem is the same with both.
2) I have Creative Labs Vibra 16 Sound Card (CT2960)
3) My system specs are:
1Gb HD free space
I've tried reinstalling Office XP, using the "repair corrupted files" option - no change.
I'm NOT interested in VOICE RECOGNITION, the system is absolute minimum for that, I want it to TALK, not hear.
B) ALSO there is no clear menu option to get text read as speech by the computer. How do you do that? All the Help files go on and on about Speech recognition, not Text to Speech.
C) Can Text to Speech be done from Outlook Express, Notepad, etc?
D) And can I get a British English voice for Office XP? Are there a range I can download for Office XP? All the Office Xp Help site also go on about Speech Recognition, not Text to Speech in detail.
all the best,