Tips and Tricks for Using Read&Write
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Tip #1: Use Screenshot Reader to read the text from images aloud.
Tip #2: Use Screen Mask to help with tracking when reading text online.
Tip #3: Change the size of displayed text in Chrome using Ctrl +/-. You can reset back to the default size with Ctrl-0.
Tip #4: Read&Write can convert KESI (.kes) to Adobe Reader (PDF) files.
To take advantage of this functionality, you must have the Read&Write Snapverter app installed to your Chrome account. Check to see if Snapverter is installed by visiting your Chrome App screen at chrome://apps/ in your browser search bar. If installed, you should have a Snapverter folder installed to your My Drive folder in Google Drive.
Note: Currently trial licensing limits teachers to a maximum of ten conversions and one conversion per week after the trial has expired.
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Tip #5: Use Read&Write with highlights to assemble a vocabulary list.
Highlight words in any colour and click on the Vocabulary button to create a new document with definitions and graphic representation of the words selected.
Tip #6: Use Texthelp’s PDF Reader to annotate PDFs and export your annotations to a new PDF.
While the PDF format is designed as a static (i.e. uneditable, unchangeable) file format, it is possible to write annotations on top of a PDF file using Texthelp PDF Reader, which works similarly to Read&Write. Saving your annotations requires “printing” your file to a new PDF document. To annotate PDF documents, take the following steps:
- Confirm that the Texthelp PDF Reader extension has been added to Chrome by clicking here.
- Open a PDF file in Chrome through Google Drive or from elsewhere on the internet
- To annotate, choose the Typewriter tool to add an annotation to the PDF:
- Mark your annotations directly on to the PDF document that you have open:
- You can adjust the text box size, the font size and the colour of your text:
- To save your annotations to a new PDF file that can be viewed anywhere, you need to print from the toolbar at the bottom of the screen:
- The extension will prepare the document for printing, retaining the annotations that you created with Typewriter.
- From the Print dialog box that pops up, change the printer option from your current printer to “Save to PDF”. Your annotations will be preserved in the new document. (Note: after exporting your annotations to a new PDF, you will not be able to make changes to the annotations you created as they are now a part of the PDF itself.)