Productivity tools and assistive technology

A selection of free tools, apps and software that can save you time, make it easier to access study material and increase your productivity. They are offered as good examples of types of software you might find helpful. If we have missed any please let us know so we can add them.


Free apps and help using accessibility features already on your device.

Text to speech and screen reading

For when you prefer to listen to your reading.

Voice recognition

Why type when you can dictate instead?


Tailor your reading experience by changing settings or using apps.

Time management and focus

Tools to help you get better organised.


Tools to check grammar, write clearly or use predictive text.

Images, video and audio

Convert images to text, text to audio and edit multimedia.

Planning, mind mapping, notes and meetings

From mind mapping to memory apps to managing your notes.


Apps to promote wellbeing.

About these tools and apps

  • To find software on University PCs: click the Start button (bottom left) and browse ‘All apps’, or search in Cortana.
  • If you are on a staff machine: click the Start button (bottom left) and search for 'Software Center' to select software to install.
  • If you install any software on your own machine, read each screen to make sure you don't get unwanted extras like browser toolbars.

Found a great app? Let us know so we can add it.

Help using software

Accessibility advice at Kent

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Student Support, University of Kent

The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T: +44 (0)1227 764000

Last Updated: 07/06/2017