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Assistive Software

Here are guides on assistive software assigned by category.

Introduction

The Read Out Loud Feature in Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat reads aloud the text in a PDF.

Activate or deactivate Read Out Loud

You must activate Read Out Loud before you can use it. You can deactivate Read Out Loud anytime you wish to do so.


To activate do one of the following:
Choose View > Read Out Loud > Activate Read Out Loud OR
Press the shortcut key: Shift+Control+Y

 To deactivate do one of the following:

Choose View > Read Out Loud > Deactivate Read Out Loud OR
Press the shortcut key: Shift+Control+Y

How to Read a PDF with Read Out Loud

First navigate to the page you want to read:

  1. To read this page only: press Shift+Control+V
  2. To read to end of document: press Shift+Control+B
  3. To pause: press Shift+Control+C
  4. To stop: press Shift+Control+E
  5. To read specific paragraphs, click on the paragraph to select it. To read the next paragraph, press the downward arrow.
Read Out Loud reads paragraph by paragraph

Changing Read Out Loud Preferences

To change the read out loud preferences (rate, pitch, volume etc.) open Adobe Reader and go to Edit > Preferences > Reading > Read Out Loud Options.