The right technology could change the way you read. These programmes can take the stress out of your reading and increase your efficiency and productivity.

ClaroRead Text-to-Speech Software Review by The CodPast


ClaroRead is a simple, easy-to-use and flexible software program that helps you to read, write, study, sit exams, and increase your confidence. You can read any on-screen text out loud and improve your writing in Microsoft Word. ClaroRead Plus and Pro also let you read aloud scanned paper books and documents.

  • Have text read aloud
  • Use digital overlays to make text more accessible
  • Convert inaccessible documents into accessible Word docs
  • Collate research into bitesize information bundles
  • Create ‘audiobooks’ from journal articles or book chapters
  • Proofread your own work, to hear how it flows

Help & how to get started:

  • ClaroRead is available to download from the Software HubDue to licensing this is only available on Imperial devices. 
  • More information can be found on the ClaroRead website.

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How to use the Immersive Reader - making reading more accessible

Microsoft Immersive Reader

Immersive Reader is a tool available in Word, OneNote and Outlook which can all be downloaded using your Office 365 account. It will read documents, emails or lecture notes back in a choice of voices and speeds. Readability can be enhanced by changing the font, size, spacing and background colour. Along with this, focus mode can act as a reading ruler to help you keep track of where you are when reading. 

Help & how to get started:

Microsoft Immersive Reader is a tool for Microsoft Word, Teams and OneDrive. It can be accessed via Office 365, to download 365 programs for PC or Mac:

  1. Log in to Office 365
  2. Your username is your College username followed by
  3. Your password is your College password
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ColorVeil allows you to add a colour filter over your screen to help minimise eye strain and improve readability. It works across all applications and allows you to customise the colour and opacity. 

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