Not all of us are fortunate enough to have a working mic to remind all of our friends how awesome we are in game. While nothing beats gloating to your friends in all of your righteous yelling glory, we've got a text-to-speech (TTS) function that will at least read what you type out to everyone in your text channel.
Step One: Sending Text-to-Speech
This is the easy part. To have a sentence read in Text-to-Speech, just type /tts before your sentence. So, to read this sentence:
"Discord's pretty awesome"
/tts Discord's pretty awesome
Important note: the TTS function follows the default system settings of how Discord is being used. Internet browsers such as Chrome or Firefox have a different Text-to-Speech reading bot than Windows or Mac do. Depending on what platform you're using, you'll be hearing different TTS voices!
Step Two: Make it stop!
We get it, the troll in your channel who had the TTS bot read "WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW" may have had ulterior motives. We have two selective methods to trim who and what channels have the privilege of utilizing TTS for you to hear.
Method One: Notification Settings & Server-Wide Mute
The first TTS toggle setting can be found by clicking your User Settings icon, and going into the Notifications tab. On the top right side, you'll see a menu with three settings for Text-To-Speech, like this:
You'll see three selections here:
- For All Channels: This setting allows any channel, across any server, to have messages be read in Text-To-Speech, regardless if they use the /tts command or not. You'll be hearing a fair amount of TTS glory across all of your particularly chatty channels if you have this enabled. Use with caution!
- For Current Selected Channel: This setting means only the text channel you have focused will have messages read in TTS.
- Never: No matter how hard your friends try, you won't ever hear the soothing voice of the computer-generated oddly disjointed TTS bot. Anywhere within Discord! (Unless you engage it yourself, of course)
This Screen is particularly useful if you want to hear what your friends are typing, your one stubborn friend refuses to use a microphone.
Method Two: Read your own sentences!
If you're feeling particularly lonely, and want to have a little conversation with your friendly TTS bot, you can turn on playback and usage of the TTS command, by opening your User Settings page, and clicking the Text & Images tab, as seen here:
All this does is enable or disable the /tts command from functioning. If you have this option de-selected, and type in a /tts sentence in a text chat, you still won't be serenaded by the lovely bot's voice. A sad tale indeed.
Important note #2: The TTS option in the Text & Images tab is completely separate from the TTS options in the Notifications tab. If a user has TTS notifications enabled like in method one, they will hear your sentences written in TTS, regardless of what TTS settings you've selected. Similarly, if they disable TTS notifications, they won't hear your sentences read in TTS at all.
That wraps that up! You can now go forth and tell the delightful TTS to sing the song of its people.