How to draw and “read” at the same time…

Ok, a couple of things, “read” is in quotes, because the computer actually does the reading out loud for you… And I chose draw because that is my creative outlet, feel free to insert whatever you love to do in the title…  I have the problem of having way too many blog articles/ebooks that I want to read but I don’t have enough time to read everything.

Then, it hit me!  I remembered that my computer has accessibility capabilities.  I can highlight a certain portion of whatever I want to read and with a few keystrokes, have my computer read the posts/books to me.  My very own personal reader!  Plus, I can draw at the same time!  So here are the steps:

Mac users:

text to speech mac

  • Go to System Preferences
  • Go to “Speech”
  • Click “Text to Speech”
  • Choose the voice that you want – you can download some other cool voices in different languages too.
  • Click “Speak selected text…”
  • Then, highlight what you want read, click your key stroke – then, magic happens!
  • Works on word documents
  • To pause just hit the same key stroke.
Windows users:
I tried using the “narrator” on windows, but it does not read web pages which is what I mainly need the reader for.  So, I searched all over the internet to find the best free text to speech program and found “Natural Reader” (I think, there’s a newer version). The voice is ok, but gets a little bit annoying after a long period of time.  If you find a better solution, please let me know… I use a windows computer at work and would love to find an alternative.
text to speech natural reader

 Adobe pdfs:

There’s a setting on Acrobat which you will have to turn on and the paragraphs or pages that you select (mouse over) will be read out loud to you.

text to speech acrobat

  • Just go to “View”
  • Click on “Read Out Loud”
  • Then, “Activate Read Out Loud”
  • Use “Shift, command, E” – to stop the reading
So that’s my way of drawing and reading blog posts/books at the same time… I hope it helps!
  • I am definitely (and I mean that. Definitely.) going to try this. My blog reader is FULL of amazing posts that I just don’t have time to get to. Thanks, Joy!

    • @Sarah_mrsgryphon:disqus Yay!  It’s amazing how much I am able to do and still catch up on some great articles… Let me know how you like it! 

  • Oh, I wonder if my computer has these capabilities.   Will have to try.   I’ve got too many articles I want to read too. There’s just so much great stuff out there.

    • @b6d214a1bd13729303a7d6160381c259:disqus Yes! Definitely worth checking out 🙂  Let me know if it works ok for you.

  • How cool!  I never knew that!

    • It works great for me! Let me know what you think of it 🙂

  • Anna

    What!! I had no idea! that is amazing! Excited to try this!

    • Yes, it’s great!  Also, if you are a Mac user, there are so many cool voices to check out… I usually change the voices around so it doesn’t get too monotonous.  🙂

  • LOL… how fun!  Thanks for sharing!

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