Read Out Loud - Text to Speech (TTS)

Read Out Loud is a Text-to-Speech (TTS) tool that reads the document text out loud to assist users with disabilities. This feature is only available in English at this time. 

Note: Only documents containing text content can be read out loud. For scanned document images, text will need to first be added using the OCR Tool


How to Start Read Out Loud Tool

The Read Out Loud mode must first be activated before it can be used. To activate / deactivate Read Out Loud use one of the methods below.

Using the Toolbar

  • Go to View Tab and click on Read Out Loud

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Ctrl + Shift + V:  Toggles Read Out Loud mode (activate/deactivate)


Using Read Out Loud

Once activated the following options are available for Read Out Loud.


A read out loud toolbar will be shown with the following functions.

  • Play: Begin reading the current page
  • Pause: Pause reading at the current location
  • Stop: Stops reading and resets back to the beginning of the page
  • Speed: Use the slider to set the reading speed of the TTS engine
  • Continue to Next Page: When selected the TTS engine will continue reading to the next page until it reaches the end of the document

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Ctrl + Shift + V: Toggle Read Out Loud (activate/deactivate)
  • Ctrl + Shift + W: Read current page
  • Ctrl + Shift + Z: Read from current page to the end of the document
  • Ctrl + J: Pause/Resume
  • Ctrl + K: Stop