Guide to using BrowseAloud


    Listen with BrowseAloud

    We have speech-enabled our website using BrowseAloud to make our information more accessible.

    BrowseAloud is free software that can be useful if:

    • you prefer to listen to information instead of reading it
    • English is your second language
    • you need help to read
    • you have a visual impairment.

    What BrowseAloud can do

    BrowseAloud is software that can read online content out loud to you in different languages.

    BrowseAloud can:

    • read web pages out loud in a human-sounding voice
    • read PDF and Word documents out loud
    • highlight each word as it is spoken to show you where you are on the page
    • magnify text to your chosen font size and font style
    • translate word-for-word between different languages
    • look up dictionary definitions
    • convert text to MP3
    • mask information on the screen to help you focus on a particular area.

    Using BrowseAloud

    To use BrowseAloud select the translator symbol or audio symbol at the top of any page. The BrowseAloud floating toolbar will then launch and appear on your screen.

    Once you see this toolbar, you can use your mouse to highlight the part of the page you want read out to you.
    You also can access a range of features and options (e.g. language preference) from this floating toolbar.

    The toolbar can be moved anywhere on your screen or you can hide it from view.

    browse aloud toolbar

    Issues with BrowseAloud

    If you come across a problem with the way the BrowseAloud software is reading or translating our website content we want to know.

    Give feedback on BrowseAloud.