Answered By: Susan Smith
Last Updated: 28 Feb 2018

Depending on the PDF file, you may be able to have it read aloud using the Texthelp Read & Write extension for Google Chrome.

First, you need to sign in to Google Drive with your Leeds Beckett email address and standard password, using Google Chrome web browser. If you are already signed in to Google with a different email address you will need to sign out and sign back in with your Leeds Beckett address.

If you have not previously installed it, install the Read & Write for Google Chrome extension.

If you have not previously installed it, install the Texthelp PDF Reader app for Google Chrome. Then type chrome://extensions/ into the address bar in Chrome, or choose “More Tools - Extensions” from Chrome settings. Once the settings page is open, search for Texthelp PDF Reader and tick the ‘Allow access to file URLs’ box.

Now you can open PDF files saved on your computer by dragging them from your computer into an empty tab in Chrome, or choosing ‘File - Open File’ from the Chrome menu.

The Texthelp Read & Write for Google Chrome toolbar will appear at the top of the page if the PDF file can be read aloud using this tool. When you are ready to have the file read aloud, select the text you require and click the play icon (►) on the toolbar at the top of the page.