How to make your computer speak text aloud

You can make your computer talk in a number of ways, which can be a valuable facility for people who have difficulties with reading, for someone who can't see very well or at all, and for those who need to give their eyes a rest. These guides explain how to use the built-in speech function in your operating system (Windows, Mac or Linux). There are also third-party screen-readers and text-to-speech software applications available.

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Turn on the speech function on your computer

Set up the screen-reader or speech-to-text feature on your operating system and customise it to suit your needs.

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