Digitising paper resources, converting inaccessible PDFs and getting the most from Read&Write's PDF reader

If your available device/browser allows you to use Read&Write for Windows in addition to Read&Write for Google Chrome, then follow our step-by-step journey below to learn how to digitise resources, convert inaccessible PDFs, and make the most ouf of Read&Write's PDF reader.

Alternatively, take a look at our journey for Read&Write for Google users or Read&Write for Windows users.

Digitising resources and using Read&Write PDF reader

Firstly, let's turn your paper resources or inaccessible PDFs into a digital format that's accessible

Paper resources Scan your paper handouts using a traditional scanner, and use the scanning feature on the Read&Write for Windows toolbar, to convert your newly scanned PDF files into a format that's accessible.

Inaccessible PDFs Use the scanning feature on the Read&Write for Windows toolbar to convert inaccessible PDFs into an accessible format.

You're now ready to use Read&Write's PDF reader.

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Use the Google Chrome PDF reader extension to benefit from support tools whilst using your accessible PDF documents - this version currently includes more tools than the PDF feature within Read&Write for Windows/Edge.

The Read&Write PDF reader for Google Chrome is an extension, separate from the main Read&Write for Google Chrome toolbar. You will need access to both.

Simply, open Google Chrome and;

Download Read&Write for Google Chrome

Download Read&Write's PDF reader extension

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You can open your Microsoft Office 365 or One Note documents via the Google Chrome browser to utilise Read&Write's PDF reader Google Chrome extension. Simply follow the steps as outlined in our support article.

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Getting the most from Read&Write's PDF reader

Once you have downloaded both Read&Write for Google Chrome, and the PDF reader extension, you’re ready to use the PDF reader feature with your accessible PDF files. The PDF reader icon will have appeared on your browser toolbar for easy access.

When you use it for the first time, you will be prompted to personalise your settings - this includes being able to change the settings in Google Chrome so that PDFs are always opened by the PDF reader

When the PDF feature is launched, you will be provided with a toolbar containing access to most of the features available on the main Read&Write toolbar, enabling text-to-speech functionality, audio and pictorial dictionary access, direct input of feedback and more.

To get the most from the PDF reader toolbar, check out our handy Youtube tutorial for more information.