Fun Tip: Add “Speak” Option to the Context Menu for Text Files

The amazing NirCmd utility now has a new “speak” command that allows you to easily cause your computer to speak the text that you wish. In this command, NirCmd uses the Speech library (SAPI) that is installed in Windows. Here is a fun tip on how to add the Speak command to the context menu for Text Documents (.txt).

  1. Download NirCmd utility and unzip the file.
  2. Move NirCmd.exe to the C:\Windows directory.
  3. Download, unzip, and run the file speak.reg
  4. Right-Click on a Text Document and click Speak.

The system reads out the entire contents of the text file for you!

The REG file adds the following registry key:


And sets the (default) value data to:

nircmd.exe speak file "%1"

To dictate the entire contents of a text file manually, use this command line:

nircmd.exe speak file "<path:\filename>"

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded in 2005.

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