Change the language or voice of spoken text

You can customize the voice that reads text aloud to you.

Change the language or voice for Select-to-speak

  1. At the bottom right, select the time or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Select Settings  and then Accessibility.
  3. Under "Text-to-Speech," select Customize Voice Settings.
  4. Customize your Select-to-speak voice:
    • Change the language and preferred voice: Under “Speech," choose the language and type of voice you want to hear.
    • Change natural voice: To use a more realistic, lifelike voice, select Use natural voice when device is online. When you choose a natural voice, in order to process the voice, the text you select will be sent to Google.

Change the language, voice, or volume for Text-to-speech

  1. At the bottom right, select the time or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Select Settings  and then Accessibility
  3. Under “Text-to-speech,” select Text-to-speech voice settings
    • Under “Speech Engines,” select Settings and choose a voice:
      • Chrome OS TTS: Voices have a more human-sounding quality and are very responsive. 
      • eSpeak: Voices have a more computer-generated sound and are available in a wider variety of languages.
    • Under “Speech Properties,” choose the rate, pitch, and volume.

Buy personalized voices

You can buy voices through Acapela to personalize the voice that reads text aloud to you on your Chromebook. In addition to the voices available by default, you can choose from 100+ voices and 30+ languages.
  1. Go to the Chrome Web Store and search for Acapela TTS Engine
  2. Select Add to Chrome and then Add extension.
  3. At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  4. Select Settings  and then Accessibility.  
  5. Select Text-to-Speech voice settings.
  6. Under "Speech Engines," next to "Acapela TTS Engine," select Settings.
  7. Select the voice(s) you want to purchase.
  8. Return to Text-to-Speech voice settings and under "Preferred Voices," choose the voice you want to use.

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