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Text-to-Speech

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Hi, I recently made the switch from Mac to Windows.  The one feature I really miss from Mac is the ability to highlight text in any program, hit a shortcut and have it read to you.  I know various programs have their own text-to-speech options, but I was wondering if anyone knew of a program that could do this for any text in any program.  Thanks.

 

*And yes, I know microsoft narrator is a thing, but it reads EVERYTHING: the name of the window you're in, every command you enter and much more.

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FIRST OFF! RS!3 MS KNOWS EVERYTHING! Are you getting the better picture? You went from Apple/Mac Proprietary driven OS only allowing certain Apple software nonsense I have avoided for so long now But Still have to put up with... Bill Gates MS! You made a Major Change in OSs and are now running into how each OS does things differently from the other!

The Best Person I can point you as far as Apple/Mac goes would be .Benna since he is an IT and Mac Specialist as far as explaining all of the Mac features compared to the MS Windows types of features in the various versions. The Narrator by the way is a much more recent Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and now 10 feature that wasn't seen in 3x, 9x, NT, 2000, XP versions of the Operating System. Since I have never run Apple or Mac systems personally but specialized mostly in MS OSed based systems I will need to consult not with a former supervisor from WF but another outside source for the best possible answer while at the exact same time I can suggest the Help files with question mark seen on every Windows Explorer type window to look at the help files included in the OS itself.

Note I will have to point you to an external source found on the web regarding Voice to Text in Windows found at:  http://windowsreport.com/unlock-new-text-to-speech-voice-windows-10/

The link there while still being 3rd party and not any MS TechNet or other page may be the help you need. Sometimes "Outside" sources are able to provide a bit more details to what you are looking for. And I will only ask another thing about this topic and that would do not hesitate at all to get back in here and let everyone know if you do see progress from the information provided. You might just be able to help who knows how many others solve a rather basic problem by you having made the inquiry to start with! This is what Forums should be about and why you are always welcome back here at WF! Understood?! :D

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That doesn't really help.  I'm not looking for anything mac-specific, I'm looking for a (presumably third-party) program that do for me what mac did natively.  And that iirc is read any highlighted text regardless of what program the text appears in.  Ideally this could be done with a keyboard shortcut, but I'd settled for right click and select the option.  No knowledge of mac is needed to know if something like that exists for windows.

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I see so what I can do right now would be mostly for Windows 10 note while the first place for a free app is found at the MS online store called the Convert Text to Speech app. The page there has the details as well as general description and besides system requirements some screenshots to look over.

The second place that comes up right not being one of several How To Do guides but a freeware site with 5 different apps can be looked over at:  5 TEXT TO SPEECH SOFTWARE FOR WINDOWS 10 which were written for 10 however unlike the first for 8.1 and 10 PC, 8.1 and 10 Phone, Xbox One, and Windows Holographic.

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