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Accessibility Tools

Read our guide on how to use the Recite Me accessibility tool

Accessibility Tools

On this page is a handy guide on how to use the Recite Me website accessibility tool.

The tool will remember all your settings as you go through our website.  It will also remember them if you return to our website at another time.

If you don’t want the tool to remember you between visits, press the reset button on the Recite Me bar and all your settings will be forgotten.  You can find out more about other ways to hide your visit to our website here.

Any documents you download from our website will be downloaded in English.  Although you can screen shot translated pages (or ask us to do this for you) if this is needed.  A general guide to our service, translated into ten different languages can be found here.

Screen Reader

This section will guide you on how to use the Recite Me toolbar to read text aloud.

Back: Rewind to the previous paragraph of text

Play: Click the Play button to read the text aloud

Forward: Skip forward to the next paragraph of the text

Three green buttons, with double triangles pointing left on the first (indicating rewind), one triangle pointing right on the second (indicating play) and two triangles pointing right on the third (indicating fast forward). The triangles are in white.

Under the settings button you can find speed controls and change the voice to a male or female and turn off auto-read.

White settings cog symbol on a grey background

You can download an MP3 audio file to listen to what has been played offline.  Highlight the text then click the button to download the text as an audio file.  More detailed instructions can be found in the answers to common questions section below.

Symbol for download in white (an arrow pointing down to a horizontal line) on a gold background

The text-to-speak option is available in 35 languages.


The following will guide you on how to use the Recite Me toolbar to add a ruler, use a screen mask, magnifier and dictionary.

Ruler: Click the ruler icon to enable the reading ruler.

White symbol of a ruler on a dark orange background

Screen Mask: This button creates a letterbox for focused viewing of a section of the page.

A symbol showing a section of text highlighted in white, with a grey background top and bottom - to suggest that screens are in place either side of the highlighted text

Magnifier: Click and drag the magnifying glass to magnify text on the screen.

Symbol of a magnifying glass with a + in the centre, in white against a grey background

Dictionary: Highlight a word and click the dictionary button to find the definition.

Symbol of an opened book with a-z written underneath. The symbol is in white against a purple background.


You can alter the style of how the website appears to make it easier for you

Increase: Click the “+” icon to increase the font size

Decrease: Click the “-” icon to decrease the font size

Font: Click the “Aa” icon to select a font that works better for you.

Three blue boxes. In the first is a symbol of a minus sign. The middle has Aa written. The final box has a plus sign in it. All symbols are in white.

Colour: You can change the background, text, and link colours by clicking on the colour wheel icon.

Symbol of a wheel. Each segment is a different rainbow colour. The wheel is on a grey background.

Text Mode: Click the plain text button to strip all the styling from the page.  If you change to text mode you will also be able to adjust the margins that are used.

Symbol of a sheet of paper with TXT written on it (and lines suggesting writing). The symbol is in white, the background is turquoise


Translate: click on the translate button and select a language from the dropdown list.  This will translate website text into selected language.

A symbol in Chinese-style writing with a 'A' written next to it. The symbol/A are in white against a dark grey background.

Sound: Some languages also have text-to-speech (speaking) options.  Those that do will have the symbol of a speaker next to them.

Close / Reset and more information

How to close the accessibility tool, tell it to forget your settings and find out more on the Recite Me website

Reset: press this button to reset the accessibility tool back to its original settings.

Symbol of an arrow moving in a circle, anti-clockwise. The symbol is white against a dark grey background.

Close: to close the Recite Me accessibility tool, click on the red X button to the right of the Recite Me logo.

Recite Me logo with a X in red to the right of it

More Information: find out more about the accessibility tool on the Recite Me website by clicking the information button.

Symbol of two pages stacked on top of each other, with an 'i' for information on the top page. The symbol is in white against a red background.

Answers to Some Common Questions


Q: Do I need to download anything to enable Recite Me?

A: No. Recite Me is cloud-based software so there is no need to install anything on your computer.


Q: How do I launch the Recite Me toolbar?

A: To Launch the Recite Me Web accessibility toolbar you will need to click on the Recite Me button. This will then launch the toolbar, which will appear at the top of the page.


Q: How do I disable the Auto-Read?

A: To disable the auto read you need to click on the button marked “Settings”. This will give you a list of 3 functions to choose from. You need to click on the bottom to the Right of the option marked “autoplay” this will then disable auto-read.


Q: Does Recite Me work across different operating systems and mobile devices?

A: Yes. Our software on multiple devices and operating systems including Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, and Windows devices.


Q: Can I save my settings?

A: Yes. Once a user creates an account, they can save their settings, so your website appears exactly as they need it every time they visit.


Q: How do I change the language?

A: To change the language of the website that you are viewing you need to select the button marked “Languages”. This will then produce a drop-down list of all the languages that Recite offers translation to. Find the language that you want from the list and press on it, the site will then be converted to that language.


Q: How do I create an MP3?

A: To create an MP3 first turn of the AutoPlay option located within the setting button. Highlight the section of text that you wish to create into an MP3. Once highlighted select the MP3 button from the toolbar. You will then see a message telling you that your file is being created. Once created you will see the file appear ready at the bottom of the web page. You can now either listen to the file created or save it to a location of your choice.


Q: How do I turn Recite Me off?

A: To Close the Recite toolbar simply click on the icon marked “Close” to the right of the Toolbar.