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


On 3/2/18, Melissa Hammitt <> wrote:
I figured it out. It helped to use the JAWS trial I had to do it. It
picks up more than NVDA does.
However the voices are ... odd. I'm hearing another voice when I'm
typing and don't know what it is. It is a tad laggy when it comes to
my typing.
Oh, well... I will have to figure it out or get a newer headset,
lol.This new one has a lot of bass to it that I can't turn off. It
also clips off the first letter of most lines, words, and button for
some reason when I use the add that shall not be named which is why I
looked into this again.

Thanks for your help, appreciate it.

On 3/2/18, JM Casey <> wrote:
Hey again.

Yes, now that you mention it, I remember that list box where you have to
select being somewhat too silent with NVDA. I think I had better luck
JAWS 18, which I also have on this computer. I think I'll try playing
it again and see exactly what happens. This is something that NVDA users
should certainly be able to do without trouble.

I did not download that .exe file. It seemed like a better idea to just
the Windows interface to do this. I think the source is trustworthy but
not positive, and you'd have to give the program admin rights to muck
with your file permissions, so I dunno.

The good news is that Windows actually comes with a take ownership
It's called takeown.exe and I didn't know about it until recently. The
news (possibly) is that it's command line only, so you'll have to get the
syntax right and everything. You'd have to run in command prompt,
administrator, or in powershell. I took a quick look at the usage info
"takeown /?" and, maybe because it's Friday evening and my brain is fried
trying to apply to jobs, but as of now I can't make head nor tail of it.
you're familiar with Windows command line applications though, this could
a no-brainer for you. It's been a long time since I had to tinker much
such things.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of
Sent: March 2, 2018 5:48 PM
Subject: 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
when I was trying.
Have you tried using the take ownership exe they suggested? I admit that
wanted to try that because I'm having trouble selecting things while
through the properties/security window.

On 3/2/18, JM Casey <> 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 Jean
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 <> 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> 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
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 <> 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
> original setting at least three times now, and I've had to
change it
> back.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [] On Behalf
> 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
> 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
> constantly. I checked out one of the Microsoft voices they have
> 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
> standard NVDA voice in my opinion. I think CodeFactory could
> this program permanent with NVDA as it is with other screen
> They end up making the program far too much trouble to use in
> 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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