How to Make a Computer Speak Text

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Sometimes, after a long day in front of the computer, one yearns to speak to someone. Why not let it be the computer? Most computers have the ability to speak the text you type in just a few simple steps. There are several ways to make a computer talk. Both Mac and PC computers can have this feature. Making a computer speak not only is fun, but it gives the computer a "life of its own" that you control. Type in silly phrases, words, or even record a voicemail welcome message by holding a cell phone against the speaker.

  • Go to the "Start" button in Windows. Select "Control Panel," then go to "Sounds, Speech and Audio Devices." Click on "Speech." The default voice will appear as "Microsoft Sam." Type anything in the box and hit "Preview Voice." Adjust the voice speed by sliding the tab to "Slow" or "Fast."

  • Use Gadgets on Windows Vista to make the computer speak. On the Gadgets bar, click on the "+" sign in the top right corner. Select "Get More Gadgets Online," then click on "Fun and Games." Hit the "Download" link underneath an icon labeled "SayIt! 2.0." Confirm the download, then choose "Open." Type into the text bubble and hit "Enter" to hear the computer speak.

  • Go to "Start" > "Accessories" and click on "Notepad." Enter the following code:

    "Dim message, sapi
    message=InputBox("What do you want me to say?","Speak to Me")
    Set sapi=CreateObject("sapi.spvoice")
    sapi.Speak message"

    Go to "File" > "Save As" and save the file as a .vbs file. Hit "OK." Then, double-click on the .vbs document. The "Speak to Me" dialog box will appear. Enter text in the box and hit "OK" for the computer to speak.

  • Make a Macintosh computer talk. Go to "System Preferences" and select "Speech." Click on "Text to Speech" and make sure the box next to "Speak Selected Text when the Key is Pressed" is checked. Enter a modifier key such as "Shift" or "Option" to set the key that will initiate speech. Select "OK" once the key combination appears. To initiate speaking, simply press the selected modifier key when text is highlighted.

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