SpeechSynthesizer.SelectVoice(String) Method


Selects a specific voice by name.

 void SelectVoice(System::String ^ name);
public void SelectVoice (string name);
member this.SelectVoice : string -> unit
Public Sub SelectVoice (name As String)



The name of the voice to select.


Use the GetInstalledVoices method and VoiceInfo class to obtain the names of installed text-to-speech (TTS) voices that you can select. To select a voice, pass the entire contents of the Name property as the argument for the SelectVoice method. The SpeechSynthesizer object selects the first installed voice that contains name in the voice's VoiceInfo.Name property. The SpeechSynthesizer performs a case-sensitive, substring comparison to determine if the voice matches the name.

When an application calls GetInstalledVoices, the method verifies that each of the voices it finds in the registry meets certain minimum criteria. For any voice that fails verification, GetInstalledVoices sets its Enabled property to False. An application cannot select a voice whose Enabled property is False. Typically, applications will not set a voice's Enabled property.

To select a voice by gender, age, or locale, use one of the SelectVoiceByHints methods.

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