BrowseAloud is a FREE computer program you can download that will read aloud text on websites.

What is BrowseAloud?

BrowseAloud will read out to you the pages of this website, plus any PDF and Word documents you find here. Lots of other websites, such as Google and the BBC, also use BrowseAloud so once you've installed it, you'll be able to listen to these websites too.

Who is it for?

Anyone who finds difficulty with reading information from a screen, or anyone who wants to listen to the information whilst doing something else - like the ironing!

How do I get BrowseAloud?

Go to the BrowseAloud website and download the software to your computer: full instructions are given. Once you have the software loaded, you can listen to hundreds of other websites that are BrowseAloud-enabled.

How does BrowseAloud work?

When visiting a BrowseAloud-enabled website you simply need to place your mouse over the text to read it.

Each word is highlighted and spoken at the same time to make the website easier to read.

You can stop or start speech at any time using the Ctrl key.

BrowseAloud allows you to personalise the settings to your own preferences.

You can change BrowseAloud options by double clicking on the BrowseAloud icon in the system tray. BrowseAloud will also read the text on BrowseAloud menus and options. 

Important information for people who do not use a mouse: 

If you do not use a mouse, you can enable mouse keys to run BrowseAloud. 

For Windows XP users -

1. Open the control panel
2. Select accessibility options
3. Select the mouse tab
4. Select Use mouse keys

For Windows Vista and Windows 7 users -

1. Open the control panel.
2. Select ease of access.
3. Select change how your mouse works.
4. Select turn on mouse keys.

You will be able to control the mouse using your numeric keypad. This will allow you to navigate to text on web pages which  would normally be inaccessible using the keyboard.

Support with using BrowseAloud

Please note that The National Autistic Society cannot offer support with using BrowseAloud. Visit the BrowseAloud website for support with downloading or using the software: Here you can read a user guide, get answers to commonly asked questions, or find out how to contact BrowseAloud themselves.

We hope you find this facility a useful enhancement to your use of this website. If you have any feedback you would like to give us about BrowseAloud, please email Please note that we will not respond to your email but we always take all feedback very seriously and use it to help shape future developments in the services we provide.

Using a public or locked-down computer?

Try Webanywhere

WebAnywhere is a free web-based screen reader for the web. No special software required to be installed on the client machine thus enabling the visually impaired to access the web from any computer with a sound card. WebAnywhere will run on any machine, even heavily locked-down public terminals, regardless of what operating system or browser.

The system works best with a recent version of Adobe Flash but also with Windows Media Player and Quicktime. This is an Alpha release, so it's still in development.

The software will read all the navigation out to you, so use these keyboard shortcuts to help you navigate to the main text of a page:

  • CTRL-L - move the cursor to the location box where you can type a URL to visit
  • Arrow down - read the next element on the page
  • Arrow up - read the previous element on the page
  • CTRL-H - skip to the next heading
  • CTRL-I - skip to the next input element
  • CTRL-R - skip to the next row by cell when in a table
  • CTRL-D - skip to the next column by cell when in a table
  • Page down - read continuously from the current position
  • Home - read continuously, starting over from the beginning of the page
  • CTRL - silence WebAnywhere and pause the system