How to Use Microsoft Neural Voices with NVDA screenreader

How to Use Microsoft Neural Voices with NVDAMicrosoft

Neural Voices have revolutionized the way we interact with technology.These advanced text-to-speech voices use deep learning techniques to generate natural and expressive speech. Initially introduced by Microsoft, these voices were later incorporated into their Narrator, a screen reader developed by Microsoft. Specifically, for Windows 11 users, Microsoft included Neural Voices in Narrator, enhancing the overall accessibility experience.

NVDA: A Popular Screen Reader

NVDA is a free and open-source screen reader for Windows. It has gained popularity due to its robust features, active community, and compatibility with various applications. Many users rely on NVDA to navigate their computers, read documents, and access web content.

The Need for Neural Voices in NVDA

Given the success of Microsoft Neural Voices in Narrator, it’s no surprise that NVDA users expressed interest in using them. The benefits of neural voices include improved pronunciation, better intonation, and reduced fatigue during long reading sessions. Users wanted to harness these advantages within NVDA to enhance their overall experience.

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Introducing the NVDA Add-On

To get started with Microsoft Neural Voices in NVDA, follow these steps:

  1. Download the Add-On:
    • Download the add-on package from the provided link at the end of this post.
  2. Install the Add-On:
    • Locate the downloaded add-on file.
    • Double-click the file to install it.
    • Follow the installation prompts.
  3. Restart NVDA:
    • After installation, restart NVDA to activate the new voices.
  4. Select Neural Voices:
    • Open NVDA’s Synthesizer  settings by pressing NVDA + Control + S.
    • Navigate to the “Synthesizer” section.
    • From the list of available synthesizers, choose “Neural Voices.”
    • Select your preferred voice variant.
  5. Enjoy High-Quality Speech:
    • Now, whenever NVDA reads text, it will use the selected Microsoft Neural Voice.
    • You’ll notice the difference in clarity and naturalness immediately.

Remember to explore the various voice options and find the one that suits your preferences.

Note: the voices have some issues. Those issues will be fixed in the next update. Please comment the issues that you get while using this addon.

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neuralVoices_1.0_nvda_addon (592 MB)

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1 thought on “How to Use Microsoft Neural Voices with NVDA screenreader”

  1. Funcionan y eso es espectacular, lamentablemente tienen unos pequeños sonidos como crujidos o cortes en la voz que me imagino que se Irán solucionando poco a poco y es solo de tener paciencia, adicionalmente en un momento en el que estaba utilizando exigidamente mi computadora se cerró mi lector de pantalla y se pusieron de forma predeterminada las voces de Microsoft pero no las neuronales sino las voces normales. Igualmente los felicito por un excelente trabajo y siempre innovar para las personas que lo necesitamos. Felicidades

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