How to Manage Natural Voices for Narrator in Windows 11

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The article provides a detailed guide on how to add or remove Natural Voices on the Narrator app in Windows 11. The Narrator app, a screen-reading tool for those with limited vision, supports two types of voices – Legacy and Natural. This advanced text-to-speech feature is always available on Windows even without an internet connection.…

This article explains how to add or remove Natural Voices to or from the Narrator in Windows 11.

The Narrator app is a screen-reading app built into Windows. It helps those with limited vision or who cannot see the text clearly on their screen. It reads and interacts with things on the screen, like text, links, and buttons.

The Narrator has also been improved and integrated into Windows, including sending emails, browsing the web, and writing documents.

Another thing one can do with the Narrator app is add or remove Natural Voices. The Narrator app supports two types of voices: Legacy and Natural.

Natural voices leverage state-of-the-art text-to-speech on devices with Windows. Once set up, the new voices are always available, even without an internet connection.

Legacy voices are not the best when narrating things on the screen.

Add Natural Voices to Narrator

As described above, users can add or remove Natural Voices to or from the Narrator app in Windows.

Here’s how to add additional Natural voices to the Narrator app.

First, open the Windows Settings app.

You can do that by clicking on the Start menu and selecting Settings. Or press the keyboard shortcut (Windows key + I) to launch the Settings app.

When the Setting app opens, click the Accessibility button on the left.

windows 11 accessibility tile
Windows 11 accessibility tile

Select the Narrator tile on the right to expand it.

Windows 11 add or remove natural voices to the narrator app

On the Accessibility -> Narrator setting pane, select the “Add natural voices” tile, and click the Add button under “Narrator’s voices.”

Windows 11 add or remove natural voices to the narrator app

On the pop-up screen, select a natural voice you want to install, then click the Install button.

Windows 11 add or remove natural voices to the narrator app

After a brief moment, a new natural voice should be installed and ready to use. You will see a notification once a new natural voice is installed.

Windows 11 add or remove natural voices to the narrator app

You should be able to select the new natural voice installed on the previous screen.

Windows 11 add or remove natural voices to the narrator app

Remove Natural Voices

After installing a natural voice, uninstall or remove it using the PowerShell app. You can identify the Narrator’s natural voices installed by going to the Narrator’s settings and selecting the drop-down caret to show all the installed voices.

To remove a natural voice, open the PowerShell app.

Then run the command below to list the natural voices installed.

Get-AppxPackage -Name "*Voice*" | Select Name, PackageFullName

You see a similar screen below.

Windows 11 add or remove natural voices to the narrator app

With the list handy, run the command below to uninstall or remove a natural voice package. Ensure to use the package’s full name.

Remove-AppxPackage -Package MicrosoftWindows.Voice.en-US.Aria.1_1.0.8.0_x64__cw5n1h2txyewy

That should do it!

Reference:

Windows Experience Blog

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to add or remove Natural voices to the Narrator app in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comments form below.

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