Re: Adjusting Microsoft voices (was RE: [nvda] Giving up on CodeFactory voices in NVDA)


Sorry for being late to reply to this email. I got a new headset and
it doesn't seem to be playing well with the synth I am using and
wanted to use the microsoft voices.... I went to edit the ini file and
of course it did not work. I went into the properties and I can't seem
to find a way to give full access or write permissions to at least
administrator so that I can save the changes I made to the ini file.
Anyone have an idea as to how or what I should do to edit this please?

Thanks much

On 2/20/18, JM Casey <crystallogic@...> wrote:

I don't mind adjusting an ini file, so long as MS doesn't keep mucking with
it when there's an update. But yes, being able to put it in one's user data
location would certainly be nice. And I do not know if this can be done at
all. Anyone?

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Cohn,
Sent: February 20, 2018 10:25 AM
Subject: Re: Adjusting Microsoft voices (was RE: [nvda] Giving up on
CodeFactory voices in NVDA)

Is there perhaps a user specific location to place this ini file? Certainly
in other OS there are both global and user specific setings files.

Also sure would be nice if there was a settings panel for adjusting these
rather than the ini file.

Best Wishes,

Jonathan Cohn
gs panel for adjusting these rather than the ini file.

Best Wishes,

Jonathan Cohn

´╗┐On 2/19/18, 4:17 PM, " on behalf of JM Casey"
< on behalf of crystallogic@...> wrote:

Hi Melissa.

Yes, you can use notepad to edit the file. It's not enough to run
notepad as administrator, though, assuming you are using Windows 10 at
least. You will have to grant yourself permission to change the file by
taking ownership of it using the attributes in the properties dialog. To be
honest, I don't 100% understand how ownership rites in Windows 10 function.
I got it to work, but it took quite a bit of experimenting, which is the
reason I was particularly annoyed by Microsoft changing it back again.
Essentially, you want to grant yourself "full control" of this particular
file, which means you have permission to edit it.

Where exactly the file is depends on what you are using....whether you
are using an older SAPI voice or the newer Core1 voices? Each voice has its
own ini. The file I edited was at this path location:
And as it's the David voice I've been using, the name is:

The lines you are looking ror are these two:

I do not remember what the original values were at the moment, but I
believe it's in milliseconds or something. I altered the sentence boundary
to 350 and that seems a lot better to me, though you may prefer less of a
pause. Play around and see what you get and what you like.

If you get stuck with the file attributes thing, there are resources on
the internet that can help you. Someone else on the list may understand this
better than I do. It's one of those things which I thought I was familiar
with, but trying to edit a Windows ini file showed me that in fact I'm still
unclear on how this totally works. Still, at least I got it to do what I
wanted it to.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of
Melissa Jean
Sent: February 19, 2018 3:44 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Giving up on CodeFactory voices in NVDA

This licensing process is one reason I haven't made this purchase. I'd
love to be able to have something easy to work and not to worry about if it
will stop working or not after I made some update.

I'd be interested in using David--the pauses are what turn me off from
doing so though. I thought I remembered hearing updating the ini file
before, but can't find the email though I saved it.

What is the file? Where is it found? Where is the line found to edit
this?Can one use notepad to edit the file?
Sorry for the barrage of questions.

Thank you
On 2/19/18, JM Casey <crystallogic@...> wrote:
> I use David and I'm ok with him. Only thing is, I at least absolutely

> have to adjust the ini file that dictates how long he pauses between
> sentences, or even comma clauses. A two second wait after a period is

> completely intolerable from a speech synthesiser. Still, at least you
can adjust it.
> Only, Microsoft, when doing Windows updates, has altered it back to
> original setting at least three times now, and I've had to change it
> back.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [] On Behalf Of
> Rosemarie Chavarria
> Sent: February 19, 2018 12:14 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: [nvda] Giving up on CodeFactory voices in NVDA
> Hi, David,
> Microsoft David's pretty good. I like the Mark voice too.
> Rosemarie
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [] On Behalf Of
> James Robinson
> Sent: Monday, February 19, 2018 9:06 AM
> To:
> Cc:;
> Subject: [nvda] Giving up on CodeFactory voices in NVDA
> Hello!
> You know, I have had it with this CodeFactory thing of deactivating
> constantly. I checked out one of the Microsoft voices they have in
> NVDA and this voice is not too bad; it is not as clear as Eloquence or

> the Vocalizer Expressive voices, but it is a little better than the
> standard NVDA voice in my opinion. I think CodeFactory could make
> this program permanent with NVDA as it is with other screen readers.
> They end up making the program far too much trouble to use in NVDA
> than it is worth. I'll just eat the cost because I don't expect them

> to do anything about the crazy requirements for using the voices.
> I'll thkink twice before I purchase such software in the future.
> Can we use any other Microsoft voices that windows offers? If so, how

> do we do it?
> James Robinson

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