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ReachDeck Toolbar

We've added the ReachDeck Toolbar to our site. If you struggle with reading, have a visual impairment, or prefer to read in a language other than English, the ReachDeck Toolbar can help.

How does the ReachDeck Toolbar work?

Click on this button situated in the top left-hand top corner of our website. 




This will launch the ReachDeck Toolbar. You'll see its options dock at the top of your screen. 




How does the ReachDeck Toolbar help?

The ReachDeck Toolbar's functions will help you to read and translate the content on our website. Its features include:

Hover to speak

This tool will read out loud each sentence you hover over. It will then continue, sentence by sentence, until it reaches the end or you close the tool. 

Speak the current selection

This is similar to the 'Hover to speak' tool. The difference is that this tool will read a highlighted section of text. If you don't select text, it will read out the entire page.

Stop playing

This allows you to stop playing the selection of text.

Translate page

This tool translates the text on the page to different languages. When you click on the tool, a  list of languages will appear in a drop down menu. Choose a language and it will translate the page.

Picture dictionary

This tool allows you to highlight a word and get images to help define words.

MP3 maker

This will create an MP3 sound file which you can download and play on your MP3 player, smartphone or computer. You will need to select the text you want to convert into an MP3 file, then click on the tool.

Screen mask

The screen mask highlights a rectangular section of the screen to help people with some forms of dyslexia or learning difficulties. There are two options for this tool which you can change in the settings menu.

The ruler darkens the rectangular section and is like reading a page using a ruler to follow line by line.

The letter box is the reverse: the rest of the page is darkened and the rectangular section is lighter. 

Text magnifier

The text magnifier is at the top of the page and you will be able to hear the text read out loud. You can change the size of the magnified text in the settings menu from a choice of five options.


This tool will strip out all the distracting menus and boxes from a page, and leave just the article. It is useful for reading long pages of text as well as printing pages. You can also use the 'Text colour' features in 'Simplify mode' if you prefer a different background colour.


Need support? Texthelp has you covered.

Head over to Texthelp's dedicated Support Site to find lots of useful articles on ReachDeck