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Making your computer talk

You can make your computer talk in a number of ways. This can make using a computer more accessible for people who have difficulties with reading, for someone who can’t see very well or at all, and for those who need to give their eyes a rest.

The BBC’s My Web My Way project has some good guides that show you how to use the built-in speech function in your operating system (Windows, Mac or Linux). There are also third-party screen-readers and text-to-speech software applications available.

Turn on the speech function on your computer – BBC Web My Way

Change the colours or contrast

Some people find certain text and background colour combinations difficult to read, while others prefer to always have a specific colour, such as white text on a black background. Changing the colour combinations on your computer, tablet or mobile phone can make it easier for you to read text.

Changing colours on your mobile or tablet – AbilityNet My Computer My Way

How to change text and background colours – BBC Web My Way

Change the font

How to change the fonts on your computer or in your browser – AbilityNet My Computer My Way