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How to Download More Voices for Windows Narrator

Ben Stegner 29-06-2018

Windows Narrator is one of several accessibility functions in Windows 10 A Brief Guide to Windows 10 Accessibility Tools Whether you struggle with poor vision or want to explore speech control, Windows 10 offers plenty of accessibility tools to help you out. We show you where to find and how to use them. Read More . It serves as a simple screen reader for users with visual impairments.

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But even if you don’t need it for that reason, you may still find Windows Narrator useful—and you may want to download and install voices other than the default. These are the basic text-to-speech (TTS) voices you can download for Windows Narrator.

How to Download More Voices for Windows Narrator

Windows 10 does include a few extra voices besides the default. To change them, go to Settings > Ease of Access > Narrator and under Personalize Narrator’s voice, choose a new voice from the dropdown box.

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But what if you want entirely new voices? Unfortunately, this isn’t as easy as it once was.

In prior versions of Windows, you could utilize a few voice-related downloads from Microsoft. Using them, you were able to dive into the Registry and make a few modifications to tell Windows to use the new voices.

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We tested the once-popular methods for this, but none of them work properly anymore. Windows 10 keeps the Narrator voice information in a different location than earlier versions, rendering earlier methods unsuccessful.

While you may be able to dig around in the Registry to make this work, there’s no guarantee that future updates to Windows 10 won’t break it. And we don’t like recommending methods that require extensive Registry editing, as they’re more likely to introduce issues.

Thus, if you need more Windows Narrator voices, you’ll want to follow Microsoft’s recommendation to look at third-party tools. It points to a few other speech synthesizer software tools that support SAPI 5, including:

None of these tools are free, but if you need a high-quality screen reader or voice, they’re well worth paying for.

If you want to type with your voice instead, check out the best free speech-to-text tools for Windows The Best (Free) Speech-to-Text Software for Windows Looking for the best free speech-to-text software on Windows? We compare speech recognition options from Dragon, Google, and Microsoft. Read More .

Related topics: Accessibility, Text to Speech.

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  1. Robert Banting
    July 24, 2020 at 3:29 am

    This article is either very out of date or fake news. It is easy to add new Narrator voices in the Narrator settings in Windows 10. Just Press Ctrl-Win-n to get to Narrator settings and look for "Add more voices". I am running Windows 10 version 2004.

    • Ben Stegner
      July 24, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      Robert, as shown at the top of the article, this article was published in June 2018, so this is very likely a new feature that wasn't available at the time. I will look into updating the piece with this new information -- thanks for pointing it out!

  2. Charles K.
    July 3, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    I am sure President Lincoln said that. :-)

  3. Kaden
    July 1, 2018 at 1:16 am

    Yeah I did the reset completely, Being a Tech Savvy person im not too worried, but it wiped everything, My recycle bin App is left, Cant even open up the Start Menu.

  4. Robert
    June 30, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Windows 10 is a piece of crap. It monitors everything you do, uses the ugliest GUI that was ever made for a PC, and is unable to properly scale legacy applications on high DPI monitors, showing fuzzy fonts unless you painfully customize each application, and each new upgrade of these apps.
    I could not state how much I hate it, there is just no words to describe how bad it looks and behaves.

    • Charles K.
      July 3, 2018 at 3:06 pm

      I thought I was the only one who hated the stupid interface and the absurd setup! Makes a die-hard Windows user like me stoop low enough to consider a Mac! Makes me love Windows 7 even more than I do now - if that is possible.

    • lordmax
      July 22, 2018 at 9:42 am

      Totally agree
      I'm fully passed to linux for my activities and I use a virtual machine with windows 10 only for some programs I need to use for works (dragon naturallu speaking ed example)