Hear text read aloud

You can hear full pages read aloud to you with Chromebook’s built-in screen reader or hear parts of a page, including specific words, read aloud with Select-to-speak.

Listen to all text

To have pages read aloud to you, turn on your Chromebook’s built-in screen reader:

  1. At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  4. In the "Accessibility" section, click Manage accessibility features.
  5. Under "Text-to-Speech," turn on Enable ChromeVox.

Note: You can turn Chromevox on or off from any page by pressing Ctrl + Alt + z. Learn more about how to use the built-in screen reader.

Listen to part of a page

To have only some text on a page read to you, turn on Select-to-speak.

Step 1: Turn on Select-to-speak

  1. At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  4. In the "Accessibility" section, click Manage accessibility features.
  5. Under "Text-to-Speech," turn on Enable select-to-speak.

Step 2: Select and hear text

  1. To select what text you’d like to hear:
    • Press and hold the Search key Search and click a line of text.
    • Press and hold the Search key Search and drag the pointer over an area of the screen.
    • ​Highlight the text and press the Search key Search + s.
    • Click Select-to-speak Select-to-speak. Then click a line of text or drag the pointer over an area of the screen.
    • On a touchscreen: Tap Select-to-speak Select-to-speak. Then tap a line of text or drag your finger over an area of the screen.
  2. Your Chromebook will read the section aloud and each word will be highlighted.
  3. To stop Select-to-speak while it’s reading, press Ctrl or the Search key Search. You can also click Stop Stop Select-to-speak.

Change the language or voice

  1. At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  4. In the "Accessibility" section, click Manage accessibility features.
  5. Under "Text-to-Speech," click Text-to-Speech voice settings.
  6. Customize your text-to-speech voice:
    • Change the volume: Under the "Speech Properties" section, choose the loudness.
    • Change the language: In the "Preferred Voices" section, choose a language.
    • Change the type of voice: In the "Speech Engines" section, select Settings, then choose a voice.

Change the color of highlighted text

If you are using Select-to-speak, each word will be highlighted as it's spoken. You can turn off highlighting or change the color of the highlighted words.

  1. At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  4. In the "Accessibility" section, click Manage accessibility features.
  5. Under "Text-to-Speech," click Open select-to-speak settings.
  6. Choose a color for highlighted words.
    • Optional: To get the strongest contrast, we recommend using green or pink, especially if you’re using high contrast mode.
  7. Optional: To turn off highlighting, click Highlight each word as it is spoken.
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