Read text without Narrator in Windows 10

Windows has the text to speech functionality, the Narrator, helps you read any text on PC screen, such as Word documents, emails, web pages. It however can be a bit clunky to work with. Sometimes it skips the part you want it to read, sometimes it reads everything to you, such as the interface text. In a related article, we explained how you can make use of Narrator to convert text to speech audio files in Windows 10. In fact, if you want to record the voice from Narrator, you can follow below quick steps to use Notepad to create a vbs file with the text you want to read and let the installed text-to-speech engine on your computer read it directly, without even the need to enable Narrator from Windows 10 system settings.

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Note that a vbs file refers to Virtual Basic script file. It can be executed within Windows. In this article, we will create a stand-alone VBS file using Notepad and use the text to speech voice installed in Windows system to read the text in the file.

Create a new .txt file using Notepad on your computer desktop. Open it, copy and paste below code to the Notepad.


Replace your-text with your own text, word that you want your PC to read out. Save the text file. Rename and change its file extension from .txt to .vbs. Double click the .vbs file on your desktop, the Windows system will automatically read the word included in this file with the text-to-speech engine installed on your computer.

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