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Adaptive Technology Centre: Software and Assistive Devices

Adaptive Technology Centre (ATC), located in room 120, Stauffer Library, offering a range of services, computers, assistive devices, and specialized software that enable students with disabilities to read, write, research and study more effectively.

Kurzweil Reading Guide

Main Menu

To begin working, you must either OPEN a new file, or EDIT an existing file.

 Kurzweig menu

  • Use the File menu to save the readings in various formats.
  • Use the Scan menu to select the scanner to use.
  • Use the Tools menu to adjust various options for Kurzweil.

Main Toolbar

  • Access frequently used functions including the reading controls.

Kurzweil main toolbar 

Reading Toolbar

  • Adjust the reading tools (from left to right): voice options, reading highlight options, reading unit, number of words per minute, zoom level and page number.

Kurzweil reading toolbar

To set reading preferences:

  •  On the Reading toolbar, select the reading voice (position A)
  •  Select the reading mode (position B). Continuous requires the user to use the Pause Reading button.
  •  Select the amount of text for Kurzweil to highlight as it reads (position C). This determines the amount of text highlighted as the document is read.
  •  Select the reading speed (words per minute); controls are to the left of the box (position D)
  •  To go to a specific page in the document, use the page controls; controls are to the left of the box (position E)

Kurzweil reading preferences

To read the document:

  • To begin, click inside an open document
  • Place the flashing cursor where you would like to begin reading the document
  • On the Main toolbar, click: 

      •    read   to Start Reading

      •   Pause    to Pause Reading

      •   back   and   read    to Re-read a previous section

      •  forward   and   read    to skip ahead to the next section

 For more information regarding Kurzweil Terms of Use, please click here.