- Read & Write Description
- Installing Read & Write on a Personal Computer
Any current U-M student, faculty, or staff member may obtain the current version of Read & Write for their personal Windows computer by doing the following:
- Go to the Read & Write website, scroll down to the "Try Read & Write" button, and click on it. A drop-down menu will appear.
- Choose "Windows US EN." The installation file will begin downloading.
- Run the downloaded read&write.exe file. If you are prompted to install additional files, choose "Install."
- If prompted, reboot the computer. After the reboot, the program will continue to install.
- On the "Hi, almost ready to install" screen, choose "Accept and install." After a few minutes, the installation will be complete.
- The first time you run the program:
- If you had a previous version of Read & Write installed, you may be prompted to import any settings from the prior version.
- You will be prompted with several signin options. Choose "Sign In with Google" and then go through the usual sign in process for your University account.
Read & Write works directly with applications and formats such as Microsoft Word, web browsers, and PDF files (note that some features may not work with all formats). When you start it, a toolbar appears with the following buttons:
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 reading.
- Choose the Scan icon. A dialog box will come up.
- Choose the Folder image (the lower image). The following dialog box will appear:
- Under “Make me a,” choose “Word Doc” (when chosen, the box will change to green with white text).
- Under “Select your file,” drag and drop a PDF to the box with a dotted outline, or choose “Select File(s)” to bring up a system dialog. Then choose “Scan” to bring up the following dialog box:
- Under “Select your file,” indicate the pages that you want to have scanned. Then choose the “Scan” button. The scanned file will automatically open in Word.
To use PDF Reader:
- Click on the PDF Reader icon, then select the file you would like to read. The PDF Reader window will open.
- 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.
If PDF Reader doesn't work, use the Screenshot Reader function (see above).
On the right side of the toolbar are the following buttons:
Information. Choosing this button will bring up the following menu:
- Help. Takes you to the “Help” page on the Read & Write website.
- Video Tours. Takes you to a “Video Tours” page that links to several YouTube videos on Read & Write features.
- About Read & Write. Provides information on the product version and other administrative links.
Sign Out. Lets you sign out of Read & Write.
Hide/Show toolbar. Lets you minimize the toolbar. The minimized toolbar looks like ; clicking on it restores the toolbar to full size.
Settings. Choosing this button brings up the following list of settings:
- Speak as I Type. Echos each letter, word, or sentence as it is typed. (More detailed settings can be specified under Show More Settings: Speech)
- Screen Reading. Reads some underlying text. The implementation is not yet reliable and does not substitute for a screen reader that would be usable to blind individuals.
- Continuous Reading. If this setting is turned off, Read & Write will only read selected text. If it is turned on, it will read any selected text and then continue through the rest of the document until paused or stopped.
- Read the Web. Facilitates text-to-speech access for web pages. You may be prompted to install a browser app.
- Pop-Up Dictionary. Allows you to click on a word and get a brief definition (you may need to click multiple times). If you click on the “More” link, you will go to a more detailed definition online.
Show More Settings. Brings up the following dialog, which allows detailed preferences to be set for many Read & Write functions:
The function categories are:
- General (includes a list of keyboard shortcuts and the ability to remove any button from the toolbar)
- Check It
- Screen Masking
- Screenshot Reader
- Vocabulary List
- Voice Note