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Let Google Chrome Read Webpages for You

There are many tricks and add-ons to make your favorite browser Google Chrome smarter. I had posted several tips and guides in previous articles to make Chrome a most usable and accessible browser. Here is another way to make it even more accessible browser. The little add-on SpeakIt lets reduce the load on your eyes by reading webpages for you.

SpeakIt is quite useful, especially, if you have habit of reading news site, Wikipedia, lengthy blog post, or webpages, because it reads webpages for you and helps you reduce your eyestrain when reading any webpage, especially a lengthy page.

SpeakIt extension enhances the accessibility of Chrome by reading webpages for you. This extension converts text into speech and reads it aloud for your listening pleasure.

 The usage of this extension is rather simple. Just select the text that you want to read or listen, right-click on the selected text and choose SpeakIt from the context-menu. It instantly converts text into speech so you no longer need to read. Also, it can read text in more than 50 languages.

After installing the extension, you would see a new icon in the toolbar of the Chrome browser. From its option menu, you can select a desired text-to-speech engine (native, SpeakIt or iSpeech, volume level, speaking rate, etc.). The text-to-speech engine iSpeech offers different types of voices for reading. To pause the voicve, just click on the central pause button. The stop button on the top-left in the popup can be used to abort the reading altogether.

You can download the SpeakIt extension from Chrome Web Store


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