Speech, reading and translation tools via ReachDeck

Speech, reading and translation tools via ReachDeck

Whether you are using a smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac, ReachDeck provides speech, reading and translation tools.

ReachDeck icon

Browsealoud iconSelect the ReachDeck image at the bottom right of this page to launch ReachDeck. The toolbar appears at the top of the browser window.

What is ReachDeck?

ReachDeck adds speech, reading, and translation tools to the page. It makes content more accessible for people with dyslexia, literacy problems, English as a second language, and mild visual impairments.

Features include:

  • dual-colour highlighting
  • text magnification
  • translation
  • MP3 maker
  • screen masking
  • pronunciation modifier
  • secure site reading
  • PDF reading
  • international languages

The toolbar

Using the buttons on the toolbar, you can:

  • hear text read aloud
  • translate it
  • convert to MP3
  • add a screen mask
  • magnify text
  • personalise your own settings

Browsealoud toolbar

Text to speech

ReachDeck reads text on a webpage out loud. The options:

  • Hover to speak (on by default when you launch the toolbar)
  • Speak the current selection

Browsealoud text to speech


ReachDeck translates a page into 99 languages and can speak aloud 40 of those.

Browsealoud translation

MP3 generation

ReachDeck converts text that you select in a page into an audio file. You can then listen to it later on.

Browsealoud mp3

Screen mask

This lets you apply a colour filter to your screen. A semi-opaque mask extends across the screen, leaving a letterbox reading window so you can focus on a few lines at a time.

Browsealoud screenmask

Text magnification

You can magnify the text as it's being read aloud. You can set the font, size and colour to suit your needs (in the settings).

Browsealoud magnification


In the settings menu you can personalise the features to suit your own needs. You can personalise the following:

  • Highlight colours for text to speech and text magnification
  • Set text magnifier on as default
  • Select the size of the magnified text
  • Switch hover to speak off
  • Select voice speed
  • Identify links on a webpage

Browsealoud settings

Feature guide

(BrowseAloud is the former brand of ReachDeck.)