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Add and Remove Speech Voice in Windows 10

How to Add and Remove a Speech Voice in Windows 10

New versions of Windows often add new text-to-speech voices. Windows Vista added Anna which was retained up to Windows 7. Windows 8 also had new voices, David, Zira and Hazel. Windows 10 features a set of additional voices which you can use with Narrator and Cortana. Here's how to add or remove them when needed.

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If you a fan of Text-to-Speech voices, you may already know that you can get many more localized voices if you install Language Packs for your version of Windows. For example, the Spanish version includes Helena and Sabina. The French version has Microsoft Hortense, German has Hedda, Japanese has Haruka and Huihui, Chinese Traditional version has Tracy and so on.

Starting in Windows 10 build 18309, you can download additional voices in other languages without having to download language packs. Here's how it can be done.

To add a Speech Voice in Windows 10,

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Time and language > Speech.
  3. On the right, click on the  Add voices button under Manage voices.Windows 10 Add Speech Voice 1
  4. In the next dialog, select the desired voices to install and click on Add.Windows 10 Add Speech Voice 2
  5. The selected voice(s) will be installed.Windows 10 Add Speech Voice 3

Alternatively, the same can be done from the Narrator page of Settings. Similarly, it allows to add a speech voice without adding a display and input language.

To add a Speech Voice in Windows 10 without Adding Language,

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Ease of access > Narrator.
  3. On the right, click on Add more voices under Personalize Narrator's voice.Windows 10 Add Speech Voice Narrator
  4. On the next page, click on Add voices under the Manage voices section.Windows 10 Add Speech Voice 1
  5. In the next dialog, select the desired voices to install and click on Add.Windows 10 Add Speech Voice 2

To Remove a Speech Voice in Windows 10,

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Time and language > Speech.
  3. On the right, select a voice you want to remove under Manage voices.
  4. Click on the Remove button under the language package name.Windows 10 Remove Speech Voice 1
  5. The speech voice will be instantly removed.

You are done!

Here is the list of voices that can be found in various language packs.

LANGUAGE, COUNTRY, OR REGIONMALE VOICE NAMEFEMALE VOICE NAME
ArabicNot applicableHoda
Arabic (Saudi Arabia)NaayfNot applicable
BulgarianIvanNot applicable
CatalanNot applicableHerena
Chinese (Simplified)KangkangHuihui, Yaoyao
Cantonese (Traditional, Hong Kong SAR)DannyTracy
Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan)ZhiweiYating, Hanhan
CroatianMatejNot applicable
Czech (Czech Republic)JakubNot applicable
DanishNot applicableHelle
DutchFrankNot applicable
English (Australia)JamesCatherine
English (Canada)RichardLinda
English (Great Britain)GeorgeHazel, Susan
English (India)RaviHeera
English (Ireland)SeanNot applicable
English (United States)David, MarkZira
FinnishNot applicableHeidi
Flemish (Belgian Dutch)BartNot applicable
French (Canada)ClaudeCaroline
French (France)PaulHortence, Julie
German (Germany)StefanHedda, Katja
German (Switzerland)KarstenNot applicable
GreekStefanosNot applicable
HebrewAsafNot applicable
Hindi (India)HemantKalpana
Hungarian (Hungary)SzabolcsNot applicable
Indonesian (Indonesia)AndikaNot applicable
ItalianCosimoElsa
JapaneseIchiroAyumi, Haruka
MalayRizwanNot applicable
NorwegianJonNot applicable
Polish (Poland)AdamPaulina
Portuguese (Brazil)DanielMaria
Portuguese (Portugal)Not applicableHelia
Romanian (Romania)AndreiNot applicable
Russian (Russia)PavelIrina
Slovak (Slovakia)FilipNot applicable
SlovenianLadoNot applicable
KoreanNot applicableHeami
Spanish (Spain)PabloHelena, Laura
Spanish (Mexico)RaulSabina
SwedishBengtNot applicable
TamilValluvarNot applicable
Thai (Thailand)PattaraNot applicable
TurkishTolgaNot applicable
VietnameseAnNot applicable

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

One thought on “Add and Remove Speech Voice in Windows 10”

  1. I’m so glad Microsoft introduced this feature. It is the reason I upgraded my Windows before the oficial rollout started.

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