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Screen reading resources for study

A guide for users who require assistance for screen reading.

Tools for screen reading

This list of devices and software recommended for screen reading has been developed for computer users who are unable to view screen content.

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Job Access With Speech (JAWS)

Provides speech and Braille output for the most popular personal computer applications.

Find out more about JAWS.

Non Visual Desktop Access (NVDA)

A free screen reader which works with Microsoft Windows to read text on the screen.

To find out more about the NVDA screen reader, including system requirements and to download, go to NVDA screen reader home.


Text to speech software for Windows which converts Word documents, Emails, web pages and PDF files into natural sounding speech. Recommended for reading journal articles in PDF file formats. Download TextAloud.

VoiceOver for macOS

Learn more about this built-in accessibility feature including gesture control, Braille display, audio descriptions and International natural speaking voices  VoiceOver for Mac.

Adobe Digital Editions

Adobe Digital Editions is free software which enables you to download and manage digital publications such as ebooks and files in PDF and EPUB formats. This software allows you to organise your eBooks into your own custom library and effectively annotate pages.

Adobe Digital Editions is compatible with screen reading software, JAWS, NVDA or Window-Eyes on Windows and VoiceOver on Mac.

Please note: Windows-based screen reading software must be installed separately on your computer.

Download Adobe Digital Editions.

Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader is free software which enables you to read the information contained in PDF files particulary using Windows and Mac operating systems.

To download Adobe's latest version of Adobe Reader and a screen readers users guide, go to, Adobe Reader and user's guide.

Adobe Reader 6.0 or later has a Read Out Loud text to speech tool for Windows and Macs.

To activate this tool, open your PDF file in Adobe Reader, from the tool bar select View > Read Out loud > Activate Read Out Loud. Keyboard shortcut: Shift + Ctrl + V (Windows) or Shift + Command + E (Mac OS).

Find out more about other Adobe Reader accessibility options.

Tip: Use the TextAloud Toolbar to read your journal articles online.

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