VoiceOver Alternatives

    VoiceOver is described as 'revolutionary built-in screen reader that’s more than a text-to-speech tool. It tells you exactly what’s on your screen and talks you through actions like editing a video, building a presentation, or quickly navigating between apps' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are five alternatives to VoiceOver for Windows and Linux. The best alternative is NVDA, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like VoiceOver are JAWS (Paid), Microsoft Narrator (Free), Orca Screen Reader (Free, Open Source) and Thunder (Free).

    This page was last updated Oct 25, 2021

    1. NVDA allows blind and vision impaired people to access and interact with the Windows operating system and many third party applications.
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      A screen reader software for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content - JAWS reads aloud what's on the PC screen. Compatible with the most frequently-used workplace and classroom applications.

    2. Screen reader included in Microsoft Windows.
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    3. Orca is a free, open source, flexible, and extensible screen reader that provides access to the graphical desktop via speech and refreshable braille.
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    4. Thunder is an award-winning free screenreader talking software for people with little or no sight. It works well with Windows 7, Vista or XP. Thunder is available all over the world in 8 languages and it really is absolutely free.


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