- Read & Write Description
- Installing Read & Write on a Personal Computer
- More Resources
Read & Write v. 7 is installed on all Sites Macintosh computers. Due to networking issues with this version and the Mac operating system, you may be prompted for administrative passwords (click "cancel") or may not be able to use some features. There is also a version of Read & Write Gold for Windows on Sites Windows computers.
Any current U-M student, faculty, or staff member may obtain a version of Read & Write v. 7 for their personal Macintosh by doing the following:
- Go to the Read & Write website and choose "Try Now"
- Choose "Mac OS" then choose "Install." The Read&Write.dmg file will download.
- Look for the downloaded file and open it. Follow the instructions to drag the icon into your Applications folder.
- From the Applications folder, choose the Read and Write icon:
- If you get a dialog box asking "Are you sure you want to open it?," choose "Open."
- When prompted to accept the user terms, choose "I accept the user terms."
- When prompted for a sign-in method, choose Google.
- You will get a "Read & Write wants access to control..." dialog box. Choose "OK."
- Sign in as usual with your University user name and password.
- The Read and Write icon will appear in the top right corner of your screen. Choose it to open the Read & Write toolbar.
Read & Write works directly with applications such as Microsoft Word and Web browsers.
Most functions are located in the Read & Write toolbar, which appears on the screen when Read & Write starts. The default toolbar looks like the following (you may need to click and drag the toolbar to the right to see all the icons):
A Read & Write menu appears at the uppermost top left of the screen when Read & Write starts. When pulled down, the menu bar looks like this:
Short video tutorials for many Read & Write features are available on YouTube.
This section describes the buttons that appear on the toolbar when Read & Write starts. If you change these defaults on public machines, note that your settings may not be saved.
You can find more information in TextHelp's Read & Write Quick Reference Card.
To use Screenshot Reader:
- Click on the Screenshot Reader icon, and draw a box around the text you would like to read. Screenshot Reader will take a few seconds to analyze this text and will then start reading it aloud.
- You can use the standard Play, Pause, and Stop buttons to control this text.
To use Audio Maker:
- For best results, highlight 4 pages of text or fewer, then click on the Audio Maker icon. The first page of the resulting dialog box previews the text you have chosen.
- Clicking on Next goes to a second screen allowing you to change and test settings for voice, speed, and volume. Then click on the “Create” button to generate the audio file.
- You will be prompted for the location where you want to save the file and the file format you wish to use. Click “Save” when done.
- Open Read & Write and click on the Scan button.
- The resulting window will look like this:
- Set up the window as follows:
- Click on "Scan from file" (upper left corner). If there is no physical scanner attached, this option will be selected automatically.)
- Click on "Multi-Page" (under Mode)
- Click on "Word" (under Output options)*
- Click off "Preserve Format" (under Output options)
- Click on the Scan button (bottom right). You will be prompted for a Word file name and location to save the document. You will then be prompted to open the document you want to scan.
- You may be asked to grant access to the Word file; it is fine to do so.
* If you are a U of M student and do not already own Microsoft Office, which includes Word, you may download it at no charge.
To use PDF Reader:
- Click on the PDF Reader icon, then select the file you would like to read. Adobe will open automatically,
- A hand () will appear at the top left of the page. Select some text and then click on the hand. A purple strip will appear underneath it () and the program will start to read the text.
- Use the Play, Pause, and Stop buttons on the standard toolbar to control the reading.
- If you wish to deactivate the reading feature (e.g., so it doesn't clash with the Highlighter), click on the hand so that the purple strip disappears.
- Customize Toolbar (see "Additional Toolbar Options" below)
- Web Search
- Screen Masking
- Screenshot Reader
- Similar Word Checker
- Check It
The following features may be added to the Toolbar by choosing Settings from the Toolbar or Preferences from the Read & Write Menu. When the dialog box appears, choose "Customize Toolbar" on the left, and then check features on the right-hand list. (Existing features may also be unchecked.) Note that in the center of this dialog, there are options for customizing the look and functionality of the toolbar itself.
For a wealth of useful information about learning disabilities, see DyslexiaHelp.
Other Useful Programs
- Kurzweil 3000 (Read & Write competitor)
- WYNN (Read & Write competitor)
- List of software for people with learning disabilities