Answered By: Vicky Dobson
Last Updated: 21 Jul 2017

Texthelp Read & Write

Texthelp Read & Write is available on all Library PCs. To use it to have text that you cannot select with your cursor read aloud: 

  1. Open Texthelp Read & Write 
  2. Make sure you are in the Reading Features toolbar by clicking on the drop down arrow next to the rw symbol on the right hand side, then hover over Current Toolbar and select Reading Features. 
  3. Look for the Screenshot Reader icon Screenshot reader logo on the Texthelp Read&Write toolbar. 
  4. Click on the drop down arrow next to it and check that Capture by drawing rectangle is selected.
  5. Go to the text you want to have read aloud and click on the Screenshot Reader icon.
  6. Use your cursor to draw a rectangle around the text you want to have read aloud. It should now be read aloud automatically. When you have finished listening, close the rectangle using the cross symbol in the top right hand corner. You can then select more text to have read aloud. 

 

Read & Write for Google Chrome

Read & Write for Google Chrome is a plug-in for the Google Chrome browser which can be used to read web pages aloud.  See the Software page for information on how to install it.  Once installed follow the instructions below to use it to have online text read out loud:

  • Go to the web page you want to have read aloud in Google Chrome
  • Click on the Read & Write for Google Chrome button on the toolbar  to open the toolbar
  • Navigate to the text you want to hear then press the Screenshot reader button  on the floating toolbar
  • Use your cursor to draw a rectangle around the text you want to have read aloud. It should now be read aloud automatically. When you have finished listening, close the rectangle using the cross symbol in the top right hand corner. You can then select more text to have read aloud. 
  • Click the Stop button  to stop the speech

Assistive software workshops are also available - please register your interest.‚Äč

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