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Convert Text to Speech

* If you have a digital document: There are various text-to-speech tools and applications available FREE for general use. The following is a few suggestions:

(Warning: This service is only for CSUDH teaching faculty & students currently enrolled in classes)

  • PDF documents:

(Warning: PDF narrator will ask you to log on to Campus account and can be confusing to activate and set up)

  • Step 1: Open the PDF document.
  • Step 2: Follow the Instruction below to activate the screen reader:
  • Step 3: Click on the Read Aloud on top menu bar (below):



  • If you have digital documents saved locally, you can use the built-in accessibility tools in the operating system:

    • On Windows: you can use Narrator. Narrator is Windows' on-screen reader.

(Warning: It does NOT read PDF document, difficult to control the reading section on the screen, and confusing to set up reading options, etc.)

  • Step 1: To activate the Narrator: Press Windows logo key + Ctrl + Enter to turn Narrator on & off.  

  • Step 2: Click on "OK" below:


  • Step 3: Click on "Minimized" below:

  • On Mac: You can use VoiceOver 
  • On Linux: you can explore options like Orca.


  • Mobile apps: 
    • Many mobile devices have built-in accessibility features or software, like text-to-speech.
    • Additionally, there are apps available for download that specialize in text-to-speech.

* If you have a print document, follow this link: 

 How to Convert Print to MP3 - Text to Speech?

* Please read the Fair Use Guidelines for Copyrighted Materials below before you start converting your document to other media, like MP3​