General question about Windows 7, is it possible to get Windows 7 to read text out loud?

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Yes, use the Narrator accessibility feature.


  • Is there a way to get it to read emails from Outlook? – sep332 Jan 30 '13 at 21:10
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    @sep332 - The Narrator should be able to read most applications. – MyItchyChin Feb 19 '13 at 17:13
  • OK it sort of works in the new Outlook 2013 I just got, but it doesn't work at all with Outlook 2007. – sep332 Feb 19 '13 at 20:28

You can try Talking Clipboard for Windows 7.

Talking Clipboard is a text to speech conversion software, that can read, any type of document, whether ePub books, web pages (HTML), CHM, PDF, MS Word, RTF, RSS feeds, scanned image documents, etc. using natural sounding synthetic voices (SAPI 5 compliant) and can convert them to MP3 or WAV audio files for your portable music player.

  • How do I get it? Is this actually some software? Looks like a blog. – Nick Retallack Oct 10 '17 at 23:09

i'm using Cool Reader 2, works fine with Windows 7 x86 (haven't tried with x64)

just load the text file into CR2 and hit Enter to toggle ReadAloud (TTS) on/off or F2 export to MP3.

supported formats: TXT, RTF, DOC, HTML and FB2 (even archived as RAR, ZIP, HA, ARJ or LHA)

CoolReader 2 is free and portable (doesn't require installation)

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