Screen readers

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A selection of screen readers and text to speech software for desktop and portable computers.

Most modern computers have adequate to excellent accessibility software built into their operating systems and these often include a screen reader and screen magnifier.


Windows has a text to speech feature built into its system called Narrator and a text / screen enlarger called Magnifier.

Please visit the Microsoft Accessibility pages to find out Magnifier and Narrator and what else they offer.

Apple Macs

The Mac has a text to speech feature called VoiceOver and a screen magnifier. Information on their accessibility features, including Siri, can be found their accessibility pages.

Solaris and Linux

These operating systems use Orca. “Orca is a free, open source, flexible, and extensible screen reader that provides access to the graphical desktop via user-customizable combinations of speech and/or braille.”

eSpeak text to speech for linux

Free or with voluntary donation screen reader applications

  • Non Visual Desktop Reader (NVDA)
  • GeorgiePhone
    GeorgiePhone is a family of apps for blind or low vision people. The big buttons and larger text might suit others too. We welcome suggestions for apps to be included within the family.

Free text to speech application downloads for the PC

  • ClipSpeak it speaks text that is copied to the clipboard and can convert to mp3 files.
  • SpeakComputer  it speaks highlighted text and can convert to .mp3 and .wav files

Browser add ons

"ATbar has been created as an open-source, cross-browser toolbar to help users customise the way they view and interact with web pages. The concept behind ATbar is simple: One toolbar to provide all of the functionality you would usually achieve through the use of different settings or products." (Taken from the homepage of their site)

Commercial products

The products below do have free demo versions so you can try before you buy.

Further reading

For more information on screen readers and text to speach software please visit lists a whole range of screen readers and a few for Linx and the Chrome operating systems.

General mediacl council on assistive technologies.

WebbIE - WebbIE links page for 'Other sites and Programs'.


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