Confirmed to work with:
- World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
- World of Warcraft Classic* (not tested since Shadowlands release, let us know)
Note: You might need to select the option to load "out of date" addons as I won't have time to update the addon supported version number for each new patch.
WoW Quest Text Reader is a simple Windows application that together with a small WoW addon can read (out load) your last selected quests description/objectives or open NPC quest dialogs when playing World of Warcraft. This is done using text-to-speech technology.
This is the perfect application when you want to learn more about the story behind each quest but you rather play the game than read quest texts. Now you can just grab those quests and start riding or flying to the next quest location while listening to the story of the quests. It's also a perfect tool for those who have trouble reading because of dyslexia or problem with visual impairment.
When playing WoW and you want to enable reading of quest texts you simply launch the WoW Quest Text Reader application.
It must always be running to enable reading of quest texts since there is no text-to-speech engine built into World of Warcraft.
During installation a small WoW addon will be installed. The addon is not responsible for reading the quest texts instead it’s job is only to grab the last selected quests/open NPC quest dialogs description and objective text so it can be copied to the application. This is done using the Windows clipboard and is the only allowed way of copying data between an external application and a World of Warcraft addon (so no hacking, reading in-game memory etc is used). This is a method used by many addons to import or export data.
To make the process simple you don’t have to copy the text from WoW yourself, this is done by the external application when you press one of the application hotkeys. The Wow Quest Text Reader application will send a Shift-F11 or Shift-F12 command (for updating the data, this must be configured properly see installation instructions) and then a Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V command to copy this data to the clipboard, where it can be read using text-to-speech. This should all be invisible to the user. This also means it's very important you set up these keybindings properly, see installation instructions below.
Run the installer. You will be asked where your World of Warcraft install directory is so a small addon can be installed.
Launch the WoW Quest Text Reader application.
Set up addon keybindings inside WoW:
This is a very important step! Don't use any other keybinding since WoW Quest Text Reader is hardwired to use these for communicating with the addon. You will be able to select your own keybindings in the application instead.
Make sure application is running!
Inside World of Warcraft you can select and have quest texts read to you in two different ways:
Because of limitations to WoW, quest reward texts can only be read when open in a NPC dialog.
Click one of the application hotkeys (NOT addon hotkeys Shift-F11/Shift-F12), defaults are "Insert" and "Delete". If everything was set up correctly the quest description or objectives will be read out loud! If you wish to stop the reading simply press the same hotkey again.
Enjoy! (Or if you can’t get it working check the FAQ and troubleshooting section).
Question: Nothing happens when I press one of the configured hotkey.
Question: Can I change the voice? How can I have more voices?
Answer: Yes you can, just a pick another one from the voice drop down menu inside the application. You can even download and install new voices as long as they are compatible with the Microsoft text-to-speech engine.
Question: Does this work with WoW Classic?
Answer: While I have not optimized WoW Quest Text Reader or tested it using Classic some users have reported it is working. One thing you may need to do however is to move the addon from the
<YourWowDirectory>\_retail_\Interface\AddOns\WoWQuestTextReader directory to the
Let me know if it works :)
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