Make Windows speak out the time every hour

We have already seen how we can make Windows welcome us with an audio voice message during logon. Using the same commands, we will see how we can make Windows 10 / 8 / 7 tell us the time every hour. This can be especially useful if you tend to lose track of time while working.

Make Windows speak out the time

First open Notepad and copy-paste the following:

Dim speaks, speech 
Set speech=CreateObject("sapi.spvoice") 
speech.Speak speaks

Save it as a .vbs file. If you wish, you can download the ready-to-use file by clicking here.

Next type schedule tasks in search and click on the schedule tasks result, to open the Task Scheduler.


Under Action, select Create Task. Give the task a name. I have given it SpeakTime.




Set the Trigger parameters as shown in the image. One time – Start date & time, Repeat task every 1 hour, Duration – Indefinitely, and so on.


Under Actions, click New button. The New Action box will open. Select the action Start a program and browse to the vbs file to set the path.


You may change the change some parameters under the Conditions and Settings tabs – else you may leave them at their defaults.

Click OK and Exit.

Now every hour, Windows or rather Microsoft David will speak out the time to you…11…12…! If you don’t like Microsoft David, you may opt to hear the voice of Microsoft Hazel or Microsoft Zira instead, via Control Panel > Text to Speech tab under Speech Properties. You can also Make Windows Talk to you!

This will of course work on Windows 7 and earlier versions too.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of and a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows for the period 2006-16. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.