Users with visible deficiencies or the older generation always find it hard to navigate through a PC. To solve this problem, Windows has introduced its narrator feature with Windows 11. It is a screen reading tool built into Windows 11 that guides you as you start using apps, browsing the internet, and more.
To make things more interesting, it comes with Natural voices, giving you human-like voice assistance while using a computer. So the question is, how to use Natural voices in Windows 11 Narrator?
What is Windows Narrator?
Windows Narrator is a screen reading and text-speak tool that helps people to complete everyday tasks. The tool is designed for visually impaired users. But anyone can use the tool in various ways as it comes with multiple configuration options.
The tool comes with Windows 11 and can offer voice assistance while you use apps and web browsers or browse through your PC.
Also, it can help you complete everyday tasks without needing a mouse. It can read and interact with things on the screen, like text and buttons. You can use Narrator to read and write emails, work with documents, and more.
What’s So Different about Natural Voices?
Screen reading tools are not something new. We have seen it in Windows 10, smartphones, and other devices.
But what makes Windows Narrator’s natural voice different from the previous screen reading tools is its natural human-like voice. The voice has emotion and can express words better than other screen reading tools with a robotic voice that can be irritating and unpleasant.
However, Natural Voice comes with the incredible speech synthesis capability of Azure Cognitive Services. As a result, you will enjoy natural text-to-speech service with Natural voices.
How to Use Natural Voices in Windows Narrator?
Getting started with Windows Narrator’s natural voices is pretty straightforward. However, as of now, it only supports English-US natural voices and requires an initial download. Once the voice pack is downloaded and installed, it can be used online and offline.
To use it, follow the below steps:
- Press Windows Key + I to launch Settings.
- Select Accessibility from the sidebar.
- Scroll down and click on Narrator.
- Now under Narrator’s voice, you will find Add natural voices option – click on it.
- Next, you will find a list of available natural voices. Select the one and click on the preview to listen to the voice. If you like a voice pack, click on the install button.
How To Use Natural Voices in Narrator?
Now that you have installed a voice pack in Windows, the next question is how to use Windows narrator.
First, after downloading the voice pack, select it as the default voice for Windows narrator.
You can select the newly installed voice pack by going to Settings > Accessibility> Narrator. Over here, use the Voice dropdown menu to select the new voice pack.
Once selected, you can scroll to the top and toggle on the Narrator option to enable the feature. Alternatively, you can go to the Start Menu > All apps > Windows Ease of Access > Narrator to start using it.
Windows 11 Natural voices narrator can be helpful in a lot of ways. However, many users reported not having access to natural voices with Windows 11. If you face the same issue, consider updating your Windows to the latest version or build, and you will have access to the feature.