Basic Text to Speech (TTS)
A text-to-speech Tool reads digital text to users.
Text-to-speech (TTS) converts text on a screen into speech, similar to an on-the-go audio book. These programs allow people with reading disabilities to listen to written words (such as books, newspapers articles, textbooks) on a variety of devices.
Text to speech that is built into your device or browser
Once you enable TTS or install the appropriate extension, you typically have to highlight the text you want read and choose speak.
Part of your Operating System – computers, tablets, phones:
- Mac/iPad – in Settings under Accessibility
- Windows – in Control Panel under Ease of Access
- Android – Settings – Accessibility – Text to Speech Output
- Chromebook – in Settings under accessibility
Browsers also have it built in:
- Safari has great TTS – just right-click after highlighting
- Chrome has several free TTS extensions – click on Window then Extensions then Add Extensions
- Firefox -Add Extensions -Text to Speech
- Explorer – No plugin but can use Windows accessibility options (see above)