The boxes below contain information on the accessibility features provided in Adobe Reader for reading PDFs.
You can also use Sensus Access to convert text in many formats to audio.
Other pages cover:
For information about accessibility features in your Kortext personal etextbooks, please see the Kortext Accessibility web page.
If you have any feedback on this page please email Jo Wilson email@example.com. You may also find the pdf guides below userful.
You must then activate Read Out Loud before you can use it.
Go to the page in the PDF you want to read.
If you hear the message "Warning - Empty page", please make sure the Reflow setting is switched off, as above.
Following the instructions below should change the font colour immediately as well as changing the default setting, so next time you open a PDF document it should open with your chosen font colour.
Following the instructions below should change the background colour immediately as well as changing the default setting, so next time you open a PDF document it should open with your chosen background colour.
Sometimes when you increase the zoom level on a document the text will run off the side of the screen. In order to read each line you have to scroll left and right which can make it difficult to read the text. Reflow converts the document into one column so that you don't need to scroll left and right to read it.
Some documents may not display correctly with reflow on so to temporarily turn it off:
Please visit the AbilityNet Changing your colours page and choose your device and operating systems for instructions on how to change the colours of your screen.
How can I change the accessibility settings in my web browser? may also be useful.
You can also change the colour of your screen using Read & Write Gold available on all PCs in the Library:
Read & Write Gold is available on all Libary PCs, laptops and via Apps Anywhere. It is not available for Macs.
To use it to have text that you cannot select with your cursor read aloud:
The following shortcuts in JAWS screenreader may be useful particularly when looking for pdfs on a website:
For both of these you can use the alphabet keys to jump to the link or button you want to use once the list is open eg P for PDF.
If you know of any other shortcuts you find particularly useful please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
The information on this page has been reused with permission from Leeds Beckett University. We are very grateful to the Library at Leeds Beckett for sharing these pages with Middlesex University.