What Is BrowseAloud?
BrowseAloud is free software that reads Web pages out loud. It can help anyone who has difficulty reading online, including people with mild visual impairments, low literacy, English as a second language or learning disabilities such as dyslexia.
Once you have the BrowseAloud toolbar on your computer, all you need to do is click on a selection of text. BrowseAloud will highlight the words and read them out loud.
How do I get BrowseAloud Plus?
When you're using a tablet or desktop computer, go to the top right corner of this website and click on the BrowseAloud icon . This will launch the BrowseAloud Plus toolbar. Then simply click any text to hear it read aloud.
Toolbar functionality of the Browse Aloud plugin
The Browse Aloud features and options are accessed from an easy to use, floating toolbar that looks like this:
The buttons offer different help, depending on what you need:
Hover to Speak
Hover to Speak starts reading the page out loud - this feature is on by default
Play starts reading selected text or reads from the top of the page
Translate Page provides written and spoken translations in multiple languages
Generate MP3 converts selected text into an MP3
Screenmask blocks distractions on screen with a tinted mask
Text Magnifier enlarges text and reads it out loud
Web Page Simplifier
Web Page Simplifier removes clutter from the screen, displaying only the main text
Settings customize options to suit inliidual needs or preferences
Help shows a simple help page that explains what the browsealoud toolbar does
Please note: Not all features are available at all times within BrowseAloud.