Talking Alarm Clock
Talking Desktop Clock
Talking Desktop Clock adds new features to your Windows® system tray clock.
To install and use Talking Desktop Clock, your system will need:
Talking Desktop Clock has a number of optional clock styles and chimes that are only installed if you choose a Complete or Custom installation. The setup files for these optional features are downloaded automatically as required.
Once Talking Desktop Clock has been installed, you can get it to start automatically when you log on:
Since all shortcuts in the Startup folder are started when you log on, Talking Desktop Clock will now start automatically.
Talking Desktop Clock can use Microsoft® Speech to announce the time.
Microsoft® Speech is included in Windows® XP and later Windows® versions. It has two main features: Text-to-Speech lets programs speak to you, and Speech Recognition lets you speak to programs. Talking Desktop Clock uses the Text-to-Speech feature.
The Speech settings in the Windows® Control Panel let you configure Text-to-Speech for all programs running on your computer. Talking Desktop Clock uses those settings by default, but it also lets you override the default settings.
Talking Desktop Clock can use Microsoft® Agent or Double Agent to announce the time.
Microsoft® Agent is included in Windows® XP and Windows® Vista, but on in later Windows® versions. If Microsoft® Agent isn't installed on your computer, Talking Desktop Clock setup will automatically try to install Double Agent. If you want to install Microsoft® Agent, go to the Microsoft® Agent Download Reference page for more details.
Also, the Microsoft® Agent installation on Windows® Vista may not include all of the basic characters. The Talking Desktop Clock setup will download and install any missing characters.
For Microsoft® Agent characters to talk, a text-to-speech engine must be available.
On Windows® XP, Microsoft® SAPI4 (Speech Application Programming Interface version 4) is required for Agent characters to speak.
For Windows® Vista, Windows® 7 and Windows® 8, Microsoft® Agent will use the speech engine that comes with Windows® (SAPI5). However, if you want to use any of the voices that were available for SAPI4, you'll need to install both SAPI4 and the speech engines for those voices.
The Talking Desktop Clock setup includes options for installing SAPI4 and the SAPI4 voices that used to be included with Microsoft® Agent. To use these options, choose the custom setup type.
Run the Talking Desktop Clock setup (click on the link and pick Run or Open). The setup program will download and open the installation package. Then just follow the installation instructions.
Once the Desktop Clock has been installed, look for Talking Desktop Clock in the Programs Menu.
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If you have problems with the setup program, or you want to install Talking Desktop Clock on a computer without an Internet connection, please choose one of the following download and installation options:
* After downloading the file, you may need open the file properties and "Unblock" it before it can be installed.
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