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Posted by Andy Brown on 13 August 2013
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Changing Excel's voice when speaking cells
Following my previous blog on getting Excel to speak to you, I've just discovered that you can also change the voice used! On my computer, I can choose from:
|Michael||The Stephen Hawking default voice!|
|Michelle||Michelle sounds weirdly like the woman's voice from the computer game Portal. A bit robotic for me.|
|Anna||A laid-back, American drawl, but the only voice which sounds like a real person.|
You can also change the default speed at which each voice speaks, from slurred Slow to Pinky-and-Perky Fast.
Here's how to do this on Windows 7 (the settings depend on your operating system, not on your version of Excel). First, go into the Speech Recognition dialog box:
In your control panel, select Speech Recognition.
You can now choose who you want to speak, and at what speed:
Here I've gone for Michael at Normal speed (the default).
Great fun for a quiet hour after lunch!