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Dolphin ScreenReader Features List

Find out which features you get with Dolphin ScreenReader.

Features in Dolphin ScreenReader

The Dolphin ScreenReader Control Panel has three feature category tabs: Speech, Braille and Media.

Choose from the list below and explore the features in detail.

ScreenReader Control Panel

Speech and Screen Reading

Human-sounding Voices

Choice of voices

Up to four human-sounding voices available. This number may vary, depending on the user's language settings.

Voice preferences

Turn the voice on and off. Adjust the volume and speed. 

Synthesiser configuration

Switch the synthesiser to use any other voices available on your device settings.

Laptop with the ScreenReader toolbar with voice options on screen.
Laptop with the ScreenReader toolbar with character echo options on screen.

Speech When Typing

Character echo

Controls how much is spoken as you type. Choose to speak characters, words, new lines and spaces.

Sound Splitting

Use this feature to listen to speech through one earphone or headphone, while you listen to a video call, music etc through the other. 

Audio Ducking

Decreases the volume of the computer audio while the ScreenReader voice is speaking.

Read From Here Mode

Listen to documents, emails and web pages read aloud from the cursor position. Read From Here includes:


Each word and line is highlighted as it is read by the speech.

Text style announcements

Choose whether to announce punctuation and capitals while reading.

Pause and navigate

Pause the speech, then continue reading from the last word read. You can also move to the next sentence or paragraph whilst the voice is reading.

Laptop graphic with the Read From Here highlight on screen.
Screen reader verbosity options on a laptop screen.

Screen Reader Verbosity

Verbosity levels

Choose how much information the screen reader announces. Four levels to choose from – high (ideal for beginners), medium, low and minimum.

Advanced text style announcements

Choose which information is announced in documents and web pages. This includes blank lines, capitals, links, spelling errors and more. The speech can also announce text formatting, including font, size, colour, and whether text is bold, italic or underline.

Advanced speak keys

Over thirty 'Speak Keys' to announce the current character, word, line, paragraph, table and more. Also includes keys to speak, spell and phonetically read the focus.

Monitor markers

Enables the speech to announce changes on screen. Includes security notifications, file download progress, instant messaging notifications and more. 

Dolphin Cursor

The Dolphin Cursor enables people who are blind to explore applications and web pages using the keyboard. The Dolphin Cursor includes features to make it easier to explore the screen:


Moves the Dolphin Cursor the next or previous instance of your search term. 

Select text

Select text from web pages and applications using your keyboard. 

Forms mode

Temporarily switches the Dolphin Cursor off so you can type into edit fields and select options from drop downs. 

Simulate mouse actions

Use your keyboard to perform mouse clicks and drag and drops.

A laptop with the Dolphin Cursor on the screen.
A laptop with the Item Finder on the screen.

Quick Navigation

Quick navigation keys

Move straight to items on web pages, Word documents and PDFs. Move to a heading, link, paragraph, edit field, button, checkbox and more. 

Item Finder

Lists all items within a web page or document, including headings, links, tables, spelling errors, Place Markers and more. Select an item to move the Dolphin Cursor to it.

Place Markers

Speeds up navigation on favourite web pages. Add a Place Marker to any text, heading, link, field or button, then skip straight to it the next time you visit the same page.

Braille Features

Braille Output

Braille displays

Supports over 60 braille displays from industry leading manufacturers.

Braille codes

Supports over 50 literary and computer braille translation tables, including Unified English Braille.

Braille verbosity

Choose how much information is relayed through your braille display. Choose from four levels: high (ideal for beginners), medium, low and minimum.

Physical mode

Shows the physical layout of the screen through your braille display. Ideal for understanding the layout of web pages and tables.

Laptop with braille output control panel buttons.
A laptop with Braille input control panel buttons.

Braille Input

Braille input keys

Use input keys on your braille display to type emails, documents and complete forms.

Cursor routing

Use the routing keys on your braille display to position the cursor and select links.

Dolphin Cursor

Use your braille display to control the Dolphin Cursor. This enables you to explore the screen entirely using your braille display.

Show Braille On Screen

Shows the braille output inside a small fixed window on the screen. This enables sighted colleagues and trainers to follow what is happening on the braille display.

Laptop with the braille on screen window displayed at the top of the screen.

Media Features

Scan and Read

Scan from scanner

Scan printed text and have it read aloud. Choose to open scanned text in the Doc Reader, or in Microsoft Word.

Scan from file

Scan and read text from image files and image-based PDFs.

User placing a document into a scanner.
Laptop with EasyReader for Windows on screen.


The EasyReader App is included with Dolphin ScreenReader. SMA holders also receive a free subscription to EasyReader Premium.

Accessible libraries

Find and read accessible books, newspapers and magazines with direct connections to 40 talking book services around the world.

Accessible Reader

Play, pause and navigate books. Read in comfort with your preferred text and audio settings.

Text reader

Open Word documents or text from the clipboard and listen to it read back.

EasyReader Premium

Synchronises your books list, reading positions, accessibility settings and more. Download books on Windows, then pick up where you left off on your iPhone, iPad or Android smartphone or tablet.

Entertainment options


Subscribe to RSS news feeds. Choose an article to open it directly in your web browser.

Radio Stations

Choose from a list of popular radio stations to listen to.


Subscribe and listen to a selection of popular podcasts.

SuperNova Media tab Entertainment options.

Help and Support

SuperNova help options displayed from the control panel.

Getting started

Dolphin ScreenReader Manual

A comprehensive guide to all of Dolphin ScreenReader’s features and settings.

Context-sensitive Help

Opens help for the application you’re currently using. Learn how to use Dolphin ScreenReader with Microsoft Office and popular web browsers.

Key Describe Mode

Press a shortcut key on the keyboard and find out what its function is in Dolphin ScreenReader.

Hotkey Helper

Search for shortcut keys to help you get the most out of Dolphin ScreenReader. Available in English only.

Video tutorials

View video playlists to learn Dolphin ScreenReader at your own pace.

In-product support

Remote Support

Enables the Dolphin Support team to identify and address issues with Dolphin ScreenReader on your computer.

Ask a question

Sends a message to the Dolphin team. Ideal if you have a question about how to use a particular feature.

Check for Updates

Dolphin ScreenReader checks for updates automatically. Updates are installed directly through Dolphin ScreenReader and contain new features and important fixes.

Illustration of a customer support worker wearing a headset in front of laptop.

ScreenReader Video Tutorials

Learn how to use each of the ScreenReader features in these Dolphin video tutorials. Choose a playlist below to watch the ScreenReader features in action:

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