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Use your computer to read web pages out loud

You can use a free browser plug-in called BrowseAloud to listen to the web pages on social security.gov. This plug-in is provided to you at no cost.

BrowseAloud helps people who may find it difficult to read text online, those who may have literacy problems, or those with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. It is also a beneficial tool for those for whom English is a second language.

BrowseAloud reads the words on any web page through your computer speakers and highlights words as they are spoken. BrowseAloud can be used in two ways.

  1. You can select a "continuous" option, which allows the entire contents of a web page to be read without using the mouse.
  2. You can select individual words or sentences on a page, and BrowseAloud will read them out loud.

You can turn BrowseAloud on and off with a click of the Ctrl key on your keyboard. You can also customize the voice, pitch, and speed of the reader to suit their needs.

You must download and install the BrowseAloud plug-in before using it.

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