- In Control Panel, double-click the Speech icon.
- On the Text To Speech tab, click Settings.
- Select either Decimal Point and Number Separator Preference or The Short Form Date Order Preference.
- Decimal Point and Number Separator Preference allows you to select the placement of the comma and decimal point in numbers. This preference includes two options:
- Comma separator, period decimal point sets the comma as a thousands designator. For example, the text "1,234.56" will be spoken as "one thousand two hundred thirty four point five six."
- Period separator, comma decimal point sets the decimal point as a thousands designator. The text "1.234,56" will be spoken "one thousand two hundred thirty four point five six." Other combinations of commas and decimal points will be interpreted strictly as individual numbers, not as a numeric value. For example, if you use the Period separator, comma decimal point option, and the number "1,234.56", the number will be spoken "one comma two hundred thirty four dot fifty six."
- The Short Form Date Order Preference allows you to select the format for the abbreviated date. For the date to be read in order of month, day and year, select the option mm/dd/yy. For example, if you select this option, the date 05/01/00 would be spoken "May first 2000." However, if you select the option dd/mm/yy, the same date would be spoken "January fifth 2000."
- To accept an option, click Apply. To ignore any changes made in the dialog box and retain the current options, click Cancel. Restore Defaults overrides all changes and sets the options to a default state.
- To open a Control Panel item, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click the appropriate icon.