How to unlock new text to speech voices in Windows 10?

October 9, 2018 |

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Text-to-speech voices have been added to the Windows operating system starting from Windows Vista. In Windows Vista and 7, Anna was introduced. David, Zira, and Hazel were introduced in Windows 8 and 8.1. Other voices were also added in Windows 10, which you will see later in this article. There are many advantages and uses of the text-to-speech option:

  • The text-to-speech option is very useful for users who find it difficult to read from the computer screen. It can read text aloud for the user.
  • This option is also useful for multitasking. Your computer can read texts to you while you are doing other things.
  • It can also help you learn the pronunciations of words you are not familiar with.

Windows 10 users have found out new voices in the US English version of the operating system: Microsoft Eva Mobile, Microsoft Mark, and Cortana’s voice. Other languages and regions have their voices. Unfortunately, Eva’s voice is not available for use, but we will show you how to unlock it.

Here is a list of all the voices for all the versions of Windows 10 operating system:

LANGUAGE, COUNTRY, OR REGION MALE VOICE NAME         FEMALE VOICE NAME
Arabic Not applicable Hoda
Arabic (Saudi Arabia) Naayf Not applicable
Bulgarian Ivan Not applicable
Catalan Not applicable Herena
Chinese (Simplified) Kangkang Huihui, Yaoyao
Cantonese (Traditional, Hong Kong SAR) Danny Tracy
Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan) Zhiwei Yating, Hanhan
Croatian Matej Not applicable
Czech (Czech Republic) Jakub Not applicable
Danish Not applicable Helle
Dutch Frank Not applicable
English (Australia) James Catherine
English (Canada) Richard Linda
English (Great Britain) George Hazel, Susan
English (India) Ravi Heera
English (Ireland) Sean Not applicable
English (United States) David, Mark Zira
Finnish Not applicable Heidi
Flemish (Belgian Dutch) Bart Not applicable
French (Canada) Claude Caroline
French (France) Paul Hortence, Julie
German (Germany) Stefan Hedda, Katja
German (Switzerland) Karsten Not applicable
Greek Stefanos Not applicable
Hebrew Asaf Not applicable
Hindi (India) Hemant Kalpana
Hungarian (Hungary) Szabolcs Not applicable
Indonesian (Indonesia) Andika Not applicable
Italian Cosimo Elsa
Japanese Ichiro Ayumi, Haruka
Malay Rizwan Not applicable
Norwegian Jon Not applicable
Polish (Poland) Adam Paulina
Portuguese (Brazil) Daniel Maria
Portuguese (Portugal) Not applicable Helia
Romanian (Romania) Andrei Not applicable
Russian (Russia) Pavel Irina
Slovak (Slovakia) Filip Not applicable
Slovenian Lado Not applicable
Korean Not applicable Heami
Spanish (Spain) Pablo Helena, Laura
Spanish (Mexico) Raul Sabina
Swedish Bengt Not applicable
Tamil Valluvar Not applicable
Thai (Thailand) Pattara Not applicable
Turkish Tolga Not applicable
Vietnamese An Not applicable

Now, we will show you how to configure text-to-speech options in Windows 10. Here is how to do it:

  • Press the Windows logo key + I on your keyboard to open the Settings app.
  • Select Time and Language. In the next window, select Speech on the left panel.
  • On the right panel, you will see options such as Speech language, where you can change the language of the narrator. There are also options to change the voice of the narrator, to make Windows recognize non-native accents of the language, and a speed bar to adjust how fast the narrator talks.

If you want additional voices for the text-to-speech tool, you are in the right place. In this article, we are going to show you how to unlock new text-to-speech voices in Windows 10. You can do this using registry tweaks:

  • Press the Windows logo key + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
  • Input regedit in the search area and press Enter. This will open the Windows Editor.
  • In the Windows Editor, navigate to the following location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE >  SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Speech_OneCore > Voices > Tokens. Here, you will find the list of voices installed on your PC.
  • Right-click on the one you want to enable and select Export from the drop-down menu.
  • Navigate to where you saved the .reg and open it with Notepad. Now, you need to edit the text. Let us say you decided to enable Mark’s voice for the US English operating system. Here is how the original file looks:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech_OneCore\Voices\Tokens\MSTTS_V110_enUS_MarkM]

@=”Microsoft Mark – English (United States)”

“409”=”Microsoft Mark – English (United States)”

“CLSID”=”{179F3D56-1B0B-42B2-A962-59B7EF59FE1B}”

“LangDataPath”=hex(2):25,00,77,00,69,00,6e,00,64,00,69,00,72,00,25,00,5c,00,53,\

00,70,00,65,00,65,00,63,00,68,00,5f,00,4f,00,6e,00,65,00,43,00,6f,00,72,00,\

65,00,5c,00,45,00,6e,00,67,00,69,00,6e,00,65,00,73,00,5c,00,54,00,54,00,53,\

00,5c,00,65,00,6e,00,2d,00,55,00,53,00,5c,00,4d,00,53,00,54,00,54,00,53,00,\

4c,00,6f,00,63,00,65,00,6e,00,55,00,53,00,2e,00,64,00,61,00,74,00,00,00

“VoicePath”=hex(2):25,00,77,00,69,00,6e,00,64,00,69,00,72,00,25,00,5c,00,53,00,\

70,00,65,00,65,00,63,00,68,00,5f,00,4f,00,6e,00,65,00,43,00,6f,00,72,00,65,\

00,5c,00,45,00,6e,00,67,00,69,00,6e,00,65,00,73,00,5c,00,54,00,54,00,53,00,\

5c,00,65,00,6e,00,2d,00,55,00,53,00,5c,00,4d,00,31,00,30,00,33,00,33,00,4d,\

00,61,00,72,00,6b,00,00,00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech_OneCore\Voices\Tokens\MSTTS_V110_enUS_MarkM\Attributes]

“Age”=”Adult”

“DataVersion”=”11.0.2013.1022”

“Gender”=”Male”

“Language”=”409”

“Name”=”Microsoft Mark”

“SharedPronunciation”=””

“Vendor”=”Microsoft”

“Version”=”11.0”

  • Now, the edited file will look like this:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech\Voices\Tokens\MSTTS_V110_enUS_MarkM]

@=”Microsoft Mark – English (United States)”

“409”=”Microsoft Mark – English (United States)”

“CLSID”=”{179F3D56-1B0B-42B2-A962-59B7EF59FE1B}”

“LangDataPath”=hex(2):25,00,77,00,69,00,6e,00,64,00,69,00,72,00,25,00,5c,00,53,\

00,70,00,65,00,65,00,63,00,68,00,5f,00,4f,00,6e,00,65,00,43,00,6f,00,72,00,\

65,00,5c,00,45,00,6e,00,67,00,69,00,6e,00,65,00,73,00,5c,00,54,00,54,00,53,\

00,5c,00,65,00,6e,00,2d,00,55,00,53,00,5c,00,4d,00,53,00,54,00,54,00,53,00,\

4c,00,6f,00,63,00,65,00,6e,00,55,00,53,00,2e,00,64,00,61,00,74,00,00,00

“VoicePath”=hex(2):25,00,77,00,69,00,6e,00,64,00,69,00,72,00,25,00,5c,00,53,00,\

70,00,65,00,65,00,63,00,68,00,5f,00,4f,00,6e,00,65,00,43,00,6f,00,72,00,65,\

00,5c,00,45,00,6e,00,67,00,69,00,6e,00,65,00,73,00,5c,00,54,00,54,00,53,00,\

5c,00,65,00,6e,00,2d,00,55,00,53,00,5c,00,4d,00,31,00,30,00,33,00,33,00,4d,\

00,61,00,72,00,6b,00,00,00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech\Voices\Tokens\MSTTS_V110_enUS_MarkM\Attributes]

“Age”=”Adult”

“DataVersion”=”11.0.2013.1022”

“Gender”=”Male”

“Language”=”409”

“Name”=”Microsoft Mark”

“SharedPronunciation”=””

“Vendor”=”Microsoft”

“Version”=”11.0″

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\SPEECH\Voices\Tokens\MSTTS_V110_enUS_MarkM]

@=”Microsoft Mark – English (United States)”

“409”=”Microsoft Mark – English (United States)”

“CLSID”=”{179F3D56-1B0B-42B2-A962-59B7EF59FE1B}”

“LangDataPath”=hex(2):25,00,77,00,69,00,6e,00,64,00,69,00,72,00,25,00,5c,00,53,\

00,70,00,65,00,65,00,63,00,68,00,5f,00,4f,00,6e,00,65,00,43,00,6f,00,72,00,\

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00,5c,00,65,00,6e,00,2d,00,55,00,53,00,5c,00,4d,00,53,00,54,00,54,00,53,00,\

4c,00,6f,00,63,00,65,00,6e,00,55,00,53,00,2e,00,64,00,61,00,74,00,00,00

“VoicePath”=hex(2):25,00,77,00,69,00,6e,00,64,00,69,00,72,00,25,00,5c,00,53,00,\

70,00,65,00,65,00,63,00,68,00,5f,00,4f,00,6e,00,65,00,43,00,6f,00,72,00,65,\

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5c,00,65,00,6e,00,2d,00,55,00,53,00,5c,00,4d,00,31,00,30,00,33,00,33,00,4d,\

00,61,00,72,00,6b,00,00,00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\SPEECH\Voices\Tokens\MSTTS_V110_enUS_MarkM\Attributes]

“Age”=”Adult”

“DataVersion”=”11.0.2013.1022”

“Gender”=”Male”

“Language”=”409”

“Name”=”Microsoft Mark”

“SharedPronunciation”=””

“Vendor”=”Microsoft”

“Version”=”11.0”

  • After you have edited the document, you should save and exit Notepad; then you need to import the file back to the Windows registry. To do this, run the file. For the changes to take effect, you need to restart your computer. Note that your user account should have administrative privileges for this process to work normally.
  • Once your PC is restarted, you will be able to select the desired voice from your Speech settings.

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