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What is TextHelp Read & Write?


  • Software designed to provide help to computer users with reading and writing
  • It can read text aloud, helps to construct words and sentences.
  • A TextHelp customisable toolbar sits at the top of the screen or 'floats' on top of documents, such as Microsoft® Word, Apple Pages®, Google DocsTM, Mozilla Firefox®, Internet Explorer®, Safari, ChromeTM, and Adobe® Reader, to make digital content accessible.
  • TextHelp's features include :  advanced spell checking, document scanning, Internet tools and language translation.
  • New Features of TextHelp 11.5 include, Support for Office 365 and new PDF Aloud viewer


Getting Started with TextHelp Read & Write


  • Select the Read & Write 11.5 icon on the desktop




  •  The toolbar will open, it can be ‘dragged’ to the top of the screen by selecting the blue border at the top
  •  Select the Anchor icon on the right of the  toolbar, to re-position toolbar above a document or webpage


The TextHelp Toolbar



  • The customisable toolbar pictured below, is the default toolbar, displayed when TextHelp is opened. Other toolbars can be selected, displaying different icons, for reading and writing features.



 Toolbar symbols explained




 Listening to Text


  • Select the arrow to the right of the TextHelp button, click on 'Current Toolbar'  and  select Reading features.




  • Select the arrow next to the Play button and select ‘Speech  Options’



  • The ‘Speech’ tab includes settings for Pitch, Speed, Volume and Word Pause. Different voices can also be chosen





  • The ‘Saylike’ tab contains settings for Pronunciation




 Listening to Text cont.


  • Once the speech options have been selected, to listen to text being read from a document, select the ‘Play’ icon
  • Use the Rewind, Pause and Forward icons to navigate the page.



Reading Text


  • Select the arrow next to the Play button and select Speech  Options, as before.
  • The Autoread tab contains speaking options for text typing and screen reading




  •  The Highlight tab contains settings for speech and text highlighting (You can also select if the text is read by word, sentence or paragraph, from here)




Writing Text


  • Select the arrow to the right of the TextHelp button, click on ‘Current Toolbar’ and select Writing features 
  • Open a new document (e.g. Word document)
  • Begin typing text, when you have finished, select the Phonetic spell checker icon




  • The Wizard icon, will help you find words or phrases that you cannot remember and searches for words using opposites and other relationships to the word
  • To hear the text being spoken as you type, select  the arrow to the right of the Play icon, then select the ‘speak as you type’ option.




Using PDF Aloud


  •  PDF documents can be read aloud, with dual color highlighting. Choose your reading voice and voice speed and the content will be read back by word, sentence, or paragraph. 



Dyslexia Friendly Fonts *



Trebuchet MS


Comic Sands


Century Gothic


  • Font size should be 12-14 point. Some dyslexic readers may request a larger font.


  • Use dark coloured text on a light (not white) background.


  • Avoid green and red/pink as these are difficult for colour-blind individuals.



* As recommended by


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