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Making adjustments to your browser, according to your requirements, can make it easier to engage with on-screen text.

Making your computer easer to use

My Computer My Way from AbilityNet provides guidance on making adjustments to your computer, laptop or mobile device. It covers:

Audio options

The Services for disabled students website provides information on the support and assistive technology or adaptations that may be available to you.

The OU Computing Guide provides examples of freely available text-to-speech software you could consider using.

Listen to PDF documents using Adobe Reader provides ‘Read Out Loud’. To access this function:

  • Save the PDF to your computer
  • Open the PDF
  • Select View from the toolbar options
  • Select Read Out Loud from the dropdown options
  • Select Activate Read Out Loud from the dropdown options
  • Go back to View, Read Out Loud then select either Read This Page Only or Read To End of Document

The quality of the reading will depend on how the PDF was created.

Screen readers

The Library website has been designed to be accessible to screen reader users. If you have problems navigating it, or would like guidance to help get you started please contact the Library Helpdesk.

If your screen reader cannot read the full text of an article or book subscribed to by Library Services, please contact the Library Helpdesk to find out what assistance we can provide.