ClaroRead Windows supports reading and writing. 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 also let you read aloud scanned paper books and documents.

“Students love ClaroRead, and students with dyslexia have come to depend on it. It makes an amazing difference to our struggling students – it is a game-changer.”

AT Specialist, Cabrillo Community College.

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Feature List


  • Reads Microsoft Word, Adobe Reader, OpenOffice/LibreOffice, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer with speech and highlighting so you can follow the text as it is read out by high-quality human-sounding speech.
  • Reads text in email, webpages, and any other program you want by selecting with the mouse, pointing with the mouse, or capturing from the screen.
  • Read paper documents with scanning (OCR).
  • Reads English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish and twenty-four other languages with 80 different voices and accents so you can listen to a voice you like.
  • Choose highlighting by word, by sentence, any colour, and lots of combinations so you can get just the right one for you.

Word prediction

  • Suggest words as you type to help with spelling and writing.
  • Choice of high-frequency, many subject-specific, and huge prediction dictionaries.
  • Phonetic prediction – type “n”, see “knowledge” suggested.
  • Learn new predictions as you type or train it in a particular subject.

Dragon Professional – Dictation

    • Control Dragon’s microphone using ClaroRead’s Dictate button, so you only need one floating toolbar on your screen.
    • Echo back text automatically, as soon as Dragon recognises it, so you can check that it has been recognised correctly.
    • Write down the text you speak using the dictation feature.

*Dragon software is not included.


  • Listen back to your text after you have written – hear mistakes you can’t spot when you read.
  • Listen to each word or sentence as you type so you can hear mistakes immediately.


  • Speaking spellcheck lets you select the word you want by hearing the alternatives.
  • Support for homophones and easily-confused words like “there” and “their” and “they’re” including images to help you select the correct word.
  • Advanced phonetic, dyslexic and problem spelling corrections like “neel” (kneel) and “necessary”.
  • Check anywhere, in email or Google Chrome, not just Microsoft Word.


  • Speaking dictionary for any word in any program with over 300,000 English definitions.
  • Thesaurus to help with comprehension.


  • Change font and text to make it easier to read.
  • Change screen colours to reduce contrast and make reading more comfortable.

Listening later

  • Read text into an audio or video file to listen to later (on your phone, on the move, for study).

Screen capture

  • Make any text displayed on the screen read aloud, including online eBooks and presentations.

Scanning (OCR)

  • Use industry-leading OmniPage technology to convert printed documents and image files into PDF, Word and many other formats for reading and annotation later.
  • Create accessible PDF files with reading order.

Echo Letter Sounds

  • Improve spelling by listening the sound of each letter rather than its name.

Pictures in Prediction

  • Pictures in word prediction to help you choose the right word.

Claro Apps

See this support article for information about how to unlock the apps.

*features will vary on ClaroRead and ClaroRead SE

Comparison Chart

ClaroRead SE ClaroRead
Read Microsoft Word or Pages documents with highlighting
Read Adobe Reader PDFs with highlighting
Read web pages with highlighting
Read anything else on the PC by selecting with the mouse
Echo back Dragon Professional
Save text as speech to an audio file
Scanning / OCR
Capture and read text straight off the screen
Convert paper documents to PDF and Word documents
Make inaccessible PDF files into accessible PDF files
Advanced PDF output options (password, version, compression)
Proof scans with custom dictionaries and characters
Spell check (including phonetic misspellings, homophones)
Prediction (including phonetic prediction)
Auto Converter for automatically batch converting inaccessible files
ScreenRuler screen tinting
ClaroCapture and ClaroIdeas study skills
Claro AudioNote lecture capture
Other Extras
Skip References
Dark Mode
Reads aloud maths generated by EquatIO
Includes iPad, iPhone and Android Apps (ClaroPDF, ScanPen, ClaroSpeak)
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ClaroRead Windows Comparison Chart PDF file

What's included?

ClaroRead (but not ClaroRead SE) include all of the following:

Reading ruler and screen colour tinter. Helps anyone who has problems keeping focus while reading.
Study tool. Capture images and text from web pages and documents to help write essays and organise references.
Screen colour overlay tool. Helps dyslexic students focus on the screen and read.
Easy-to-use mind mapping and idea capturing tool.
Claro Voice Setup
Download and install any of 80 voices in 30 languages.
Speaking Calculator
Speaking calculator echoes back numbers and results.
(not SE) iPhone / iPad Apps
ClaroRead includes the ability to unlock the pro features in our iOS apps (ClaroSpeak,ClaroPDF and Claro ScanPen).
Claro AudioNote
Record lectures straight into your handouts, make voice notes, and listen back to recordings made on popular devices.
Save to Video
Convert text documents into video files.
 Auto Converter 
Auto Converter takes any document you drop into a special folder and OCRs or scans it automatically to create accessible versions without you needing to do anything else.

Try & Buy

Try it!

Click here to download a 15 day trial.

Buy it!

Buy an individual licence key right now online:

Claro Software online shop

Or for site licences and enterprise offerings check out Pricing and Site Licences.

Help and Documentation

Complete pricelist including volume discounts.
User Guide (PDF | Word doc)
Complete user manual.
Release notes
What’s new in the latest version of ClaroRead.
ClaroRead Windows complete feature list
A comprehensive listing of features in ClaroRead
Help Videos
Demonstration and training videos.
ClaroRead in exams
Using ClaroRead in examinations, including disabling spellcheck where needed.
ClaroRead Windows Network Installation Guide
Detailed guide to installing ClaroRead on Windows networks.
Get more voices
How to get more text-to-speech voices.
System Requirements



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