Getting Started

Getting Started

Aurora Talk is easy to get started with, just type what you want to say in the talk window, then press Enter to have it spoken. If you didn't select a speech synthesizer during installation or you get an error message, you will need to select a synthesizer in the Aurora Voice Options dialog. You can get to that dialog by choosing Options from the Aurora Talk menus, then Voice Options... You can also get to Voice Options by right clicking anywhere on the Talk window.


If you find that certain words are mispronounced by your speech synthesizer, you can correct the pronunciation of words in the Aurora Voice Options dialog with Edit Exception File.

Function Key Phrases

You will want to add your own function key phrases for things like your address, telephone number, favourite expressions etc. You can do this in the Talk Options dialog in the box marked Function Key Phrases, just click on one of the buttons to add new phrases or edit existing ones. If you don't like having part of your screen used to display the function keys, you can get rid of this display in the Talk Options dialog by turning off Show Function Keys Help.

Repeating Phrases

You can repeat any phrase you have typed by placing the caret (the vertical bar) anywhere on the phrase and pressing enter.

Saying Part of a Phrases

If you only want to say part of a phrase you can do that by highlighting the part of the phrase you want to read with the mouse (or by holding the shift key and using the arrows on the keyboard.) If anything is marked, pressing Enter will read it.

Deleting old Phrases

You can delete a phrase by putting the caret at the start of a phrase and holding the Del key until it is entirely deleted, or you can use the mouse or keyboard to mark what you want to delete and then press the Del key once.


Aurora Talk can help you divide your phrases into groups to make them easier to manage. Find out more by reading about conversations.