Using the BrowseAloud accessibility toolbar

To activate BrowseAloud in Blackboard, click on the “Make this website talk” link, then Yes to continue.

It will expand to show all available options:

Click and Drag icon

  1. Click and drag the circle icon on the far right to move the panel in different areas of the page.
  2. You have the option for BrowseAloud to read and highlight text on the page:
    1. Hover to speak mode (This is set in default)
      This automatically plays the text on the page as you hover.
      Hover to speak mode
    2. Select to Speak mode
      This speaks the text you have selected. Select the text you wish to hear and then press the grey play button.
      Please note: To change which reading mode is active you need to deselect the mode you are using in order to select a new one.
      Speak mode
  3. You can create an MP3 file of web page text:
    1. Select the text you would like to record.
    2. Click on the MP3 button on the toolbar.
      Convert text to MP3
  4. You can use the screen mask to focus on the paragraph you are trying to read and reduce distractions on the page.
    1. The white highlighter bar allows you to apply focus, and ‘black out’ the remaining text. The bar moves with you as you scroll and move your mouse.
    2. Select the screen mask button to activate the screen mask
      Screen Mask mode
  5. To magnify text, select the text you wish to enlarge and then select the magnifying glass symbol. Once selected, the screen shows the large highlighted text at the top of the page, it will also read it to you.
    Magnifying mode
  6. To simplify the webpage, select the Simplify button. This will attempt to remove clutter from the screen allowing a clearer focus on the information.
    Simplify mode
  7. Select the Settings button to edit your settings while using the BrowseAloud toolbar. You can change the following settings: Change the highlighter color, Turn on the text magnifier and determine magnification size, Decide if it speaks to you when you hover over the text and at what speed, Whether ‘simplified’ view is always applied, and how links are read to you.
    Setting mode

  8. Select the Help button for the help menu.
Help mode icon


Help mode expanded


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