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


Thanks for that. I got most of it, but I guess I had been missing
something when I was trying.
Have you tried using the take ownership exe they suggested? I admit
that I wanted to try that because I'm having trouble selecting things
while going through the properties/security window.

On 3/2/18, JM Casey <crystallogic@...> wrote:
Hey Melissa.

Rather than try to duplicate what I did before, I'm just going to paste this
URL for you. If you follow these instructions, I'm 99% sure you will be able
to get it to work.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Melissa
Sent: March 2, 2018 2:52 PM
Subject: 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, Jonathan
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

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
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

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

> have to adjust the ini file that dictates how long he pauses
> 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
> 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
> 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

> 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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