There is no option to control the volume when you click to select the Hear text on screen read aloud (Narrator) check box in Windows Vista

There is no option to control the volume when you click to select the Hear text on screen read aloud (Narrator) check box in Windows Vista

Article ID : 928111
Last Review : March 15, 2007
Revision : 2.3

SYMPTOMS

In Windows Vista, there is no option to control the volume when you click to select the Hear text on screen read aloud (Narrator) check box in the Ease of Access dialog box.

Additionally, internal speaker controls may not change the narrator volume level. These controls include volume controls on a multimedia keyboard and Fn keys and volume knobs on a portable computer.

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CAUSE

This issue occurs because of the way that Windows Vista controls audio. In Windows Vista, volume controls are now digital. Therefore, internal speaker controls change the operating system settings instead of the hardware settings. Additionally, you cannot adjust the operating system settings when you are at the Windows Vista welcome screen. Therefore, you cannot use internal speaker controls to control the volume while you are at the Windows Vista welcome screen.

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RESOLUTION

To resolve this issue, modify the voice volume in the Microsoft Narrator dialog box. To open the Microsoft Narrator dialog box, follow these steps:

1. Click StartStart, type Narrator in the Start Search box, and then click Narrator in the Programs list.
2. Click Voice Settings.
3. In the Voice Settings dialog box, select the voice options that you want to change. To change the speed, the pitch, or the volume of the voice, click a number in the corresponding field.

When you change voice settings, it may take from several seconds to a minute before the new settings take effect.

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To access the Ease of Access dialog box, click the Ease of Access icon on the Windows Vista welcome screen.

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APPLIES TO
• Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit edition
• Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit edition
• Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition
• Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition
• Windows Vista Business
• Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition
• Windows Vista Enterprise
• Windows Vista Home Basic
• Windows Vista Home Premium
• Windows Vista Starter
• Windows Vista Ultimate

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