Text-to-Speech (or TTS) lets you hear written text read out loud. Free versions of TTS are available on many devices, platforms and browsers.
Microsoft has built-in text-to-speech in Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and OneNote. See instructions on how to set this up.
You can also download the free programs below to your PC:
- ReadAloud for Windows 10 and higher allows you to paste in text or upload a document/PDF or webpage. You can customise the voice, font and colours. Watch this video on how to use ReadAloud.
- Balabolka can read many file formats and save text as a sound file to listen to later. Portable version can be run on a memory stick.
- ATbar for Windows will highlight text as it reads it out loud. Will also change the background colour.
- Wordtalk highlights as it reads, lets you change the voice and speed and converts text to mp3 or wav audio files. Works in Word for PC only.
You can download extra voices too.
- ATbar is a Chrome plug-in. Use it to read out loud as well as changing the appearance of the page.
- Read Aloud is a text-to-speech plug-in for Firefox and Chrome.
- In Office 365, you can use the Immersive Reader. Customise speed, font, background and focus on one line or paragraph at a time.
- Natural Reader Online - just paste text into the box. Choose voice, speed and dyslexia-friendly font.
There are many free text reading apps. Here are some good ones: