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:
- 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.
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.
- Just go to “View”
- Click on “Read Out Loud”
- Then, “Activate Read Out Loud”
- Use “Shift, command, E” – to stop the reading