Answered By: Jessica Wykes
Last Updated: 21 Jun 2021 Views: 2


Read&Write is a collection of tools to support reading and writing. The application is a toolbar which can be used with a range of applications. The core function is the text-to-speech reader. 

If you are using a Windows 10 device you can access Read&Write remotely through AppsAnywhere. Make sure you are connected to the City Pulse VPN to launch the app. The software icon is this purple jigsaw piece.

The Read&Write lsoftware icon, which is a purple jigsaw piece, shown on the desktop.

Text to Speech

Listening to Word documents.

  • Place your cursor in the Word document where you want to start listening from.
  • Press the button with the Play icon. The synthesized voice will read aloud and highlight the text and each word as it is spoken.
  • Press the button with the Stop icon to stop the voice reading.
  • To listen to webpages make sure you have the Read&Write extension added to your browser.
  • Select the text you want to listen to and use the Play button to listen back.The Read & Write toolbar open with a Word document. The Play button is highlighted. The text is Word is highlighted as it is read aloud.

Listening to PDFs.

  1. To listen back to a PDF download it onto your computer first. 
  2. Use the PDF Reader tool to locate and open the PDF.
  3. The file will open in Read&Write's own PDF Reader. Click to Speak is on by default. Click anywhere in the document text to hear it read aloud.
  4. Click away from the document or press the Stop icon in the toolbar to stop the audio.The Read&Write toolbar showing the PDF Reader icon. The Read&Write PDF Reader is open showing  the Click to Speak icon and a highlighted PDF.

In the Read&Write settings, which can be found in the right of the toolbar in the three bar menu, you can choose from differently accented voices, change the speed of the voice and train the software how to pronounce subject-specific vocabulary, abbreviations or non-dictionary words. You can also choose from a range highlighting colour combinations.

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