Answered By: Vicky Dobson
Last Updated: 09 Jan 2017

Reading PDFs aloud

Read Out Loud works best when the Reflow setting is switched off. To switch off Reflow, go to the Edit menu, then Preferences and untick the box next to Always use Zoom Setting. Then close and re-open your PDF document.

 

You must then activate Read Out Loud before you can use it.

 

Switch Read Out Loud on

From the View menu, choose Read Out Loud then Activate Read Out Loud (or press Shift+Ctrl+Y).

 

Change reading voice

  1. Click on the Edit menu, then Preferences (at the bottom of the menu).
  2. Choose the Reading category.
  3. Remove the tick from Use default voice
  4. Choose a voice from the Voice drop down list – the list of voices available to you will depend on what you have installed on your PC. ScanSoft Daniel is a good voice.
  5. Click OK

 

Read a PDF

  1. Go to the page in the PDF you want to read.
  2. From the View menu, choose Read Out Loud then: 
  • Choose Read This Page Only (or press Shift+Ctrl+V). 
  • Or choose Read To End Of Document (or press Shift+Ctrl+B).

If you hear the message "Warning - Empty page", please make sure the Reflow setting is switched off, as above.

 

Stop reading out loud

  1. From the View menu, choose Read Out Loud then: 
  2. Choose Pause (or press Shift+Ctrl+C). 
  3. Choose Stop (or press Shift+Ctrl+E).

 

Switch Read Out Loud off

From the View menu, choose Read Out Loud then Deactivate Read Out Loud (or press Shift+Ctrl+Y).

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