Mar 04 2022 02:30 PM
Mar 04 2022 02:30 PM
I'm trying to use Read Aloud in Word and can only get access to "male" and "female" voices. I know there are others, Msft David, Msft Zira, and a whole bunch of others. I've used them in other programs. Where are they? How do I get access in Word?
ASUS laptop/Dell desktop, Windows 10 Pro up to date, Office 365 Personal, brand new.
Mar 05 2022 01:44 AM
@EJBSFO It appears to be a bit random.
First I had two voices
Then I played around with the voices under Windows>Settings>Time & Language>Speech, previewing some of them,
then when I went back to Word, I had three voices, none of them being any of the original two (and not including the one that I had left as the default under Windows Settings
Mar 05 2022 10:41 AM
Thanks for the reply, Doug.
I'd already tried what you recommended but got nowhere with my Asus laptop running Win10 Pro. OTOH, my Dell Desktop running Win10 Home gives me access to several voices, including David and Zira, no problem.
The settings are the same on the two, only the Pro vs Home is different. Is that part of it? It's the laptop I need the voices on, so this is frustrating.
Here's something amusing: until recently, I was using LibreOffice rather than Word, and in LO I can get David and Zira to talk just fine. But I can't in Word? It was nonsense like this that moved me from Word to LO in the first place (after years of teaching Word to others!)
Would it be worthwhile to delete the voice packs and reinstall? Reinstall Windows?
Mar 06 2022 10:38 PM
Mar 11 2022 10:05 PM
Mar 12 2022 04:34 AM
Mar 12 2022 11:53 AM
I have the same version exactly. Rebooted after the latest download.
Mar 12 2022 02:06 PM
Mar 13 2022 12:32 PM
Mar 13 2022 04:42 PM
Ok, I finally solved it. It took a re-install of Windows, but now I get David, Zira and Mark in Word. Something in Windows must have been messed up.
Thanks for all your help.
Jul 28 2022 12:38 PM
Sep 18 2022 10:19 AM - edited Sep 18 2022 10:26 AM
Well, the problem came back for me. Now nothing I do will bring back David and Zira. I even upgraded to Windows 11 (mistake) in hopes it would fix the problem. Nope.
BECcrittenden's 'fix' works. Except, it's not a fix if you have to disconnect from the 'net and the cloud just to get the voices back! Hellooo MSFT!
Here's a word processor that works perfectly with David and Zira plus a host of other voices: LibreOffice with the text-to-speech extension. Works better with MSFT's own voices than Word ever has, and you can even make changes to the text as the voice continues.
Just one of a long list of Word bugs that remind me why I stopped using it.