The Council and democracy Browsealoud

How to use the Browsealoud tools

There are nine icons on the toolbar to help make our website more accessible for you.

Image of the browsealoud toolbar

Hover to speak

This tool will read out loud each sentence you hover over. It will then continue, sentence by sentence, until it reaches the end or you close the tool. 

Speak the current selection

This is similar to the 'Hover to speak' tool. The difference is that this tool will read a highlighted section of text. If you don't select text, it will read out the entire page.

Translate page

This tool translates the text on the page to different languages. When you click on the tool, a  list of languages will appear in a drop down menu. Choose a language and it will translate the page.

MP3 maker

This will create an MP3 sound file which you can download and play on your MP3 player, smartphone or computer. You will need to select the text you want to convert into an MP3 file, then click on the tool.

Screen mask

The screen mask highlights a rectangular section of the screen to help people with some forms of dyslexia or learning difficulties. There are two options for this tool which you can change in the settings menu.

  • The ruler darkens the rectangular section and is like reading a page using a ruler to follow line by line.
  • The letter box is the reverse: the rest of the page is darkened and the rectangular section is lighter. 

Text magnifier

The text magnifier is at the top of the page and you will be able to hear the text read out loud. You can change the size of the magnified text in the settings menu from a choice of five options.


This tool will strip out all the distracting menus and boxes from a page, and leave just the article. It is useful for reading long pages of text as well as printing pages. You can also use the 'Text colour' features in 'Simplify mode' if you prefer a different background colour.


If you want to make changes to any of the tool's settings like text size for the magnifier or voice speed for the read out loud tools, you can do so in Settings. You will need to click on the save button once you've finished making changes.


This button provides a quick list of the features described on this page.

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