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How to activate read out loud with highlighting what is speaking and do what pages wanted to read and not just page by page?

New Here ,
Aug 11, 2017 Aug 11, 2017

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I know how to activate the read out loud on the program Adobe Acrobat Reader. But it only does read out loud the page I'm at only.

And does not highlight the word or sentence that is reading to me.

I currently work at a University in the United States at a Disability Center, and some of the students have a hard time following alone and would really help them having their school books in alternate PDF format that they can use on their personal devices like tablets, computers, phones, etc. Few months ago before the recent update with the Adobe Acrobat Reader I/students was able to highlight what they want read and it would highlight what the software is reading for easy read alone. Is there a way we can have that back? This would help with people who can read their school books/other documents easier!!

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Adobe Employee , Apr 16, 2018 Apr 16, 2018

Hi Joshuah,

Sorry for the delayed response.

As per the description mentioned above, you want Acrobat Reader to highlight the text when selected for Read out Loud, is that correct?

If yes, have you tried activating Read out loud option in Reader by clicking View > read out loud > activate read out loud

Right-clicking on the pdf > select tool and selecting the text, does that work?

Below is a screenshot:

If that doesn't work, try disabling protected Mode by going into Edit menu > preferences > under cat

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New Here ,
Mar 02, 2018 Mar 02, 2018

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I need to be able to read along with highlighted text while read out loud reads the document.

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 16, 2018 Apr 16, 2018

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Hi Joshuah,

Sorry for the delayed response.

As per the description mentioned above, you want Acrobat Reader to highlight the text when selected for Read out Loud, is that correct?

If yes, have you tried activating Read out loud option in Reader by clicking View > read out loud > activate read out loud

Right-clicking on the pdf > select tool and selecting the text, does that work?

Below is a screenshot:

If that doesn't work, try disabling protected Mode by going into Edit menu > preferences > under categories, click security (enhanced) > uncheck the box next to "Enable Protected Mode at startup" and then click OK.

Relaunch Reader and try again.

Please note: disabling protected mode is for troubleshooting purpose only, and not recommended. Please turn the feature back on after troubleshooting is complete.

Thank You,

Shivam

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New Here ,
Feb 16, 2023 Feb 16, 2023

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I have done everything you said above, and I have acrobat pro-2020. It still doesn't highlight what it is reading out loud and makes it very difficult to follow. Please update this feature.

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New Here ,
Dec 05, 2020 Dec 05, 2020

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Can you update this topic please? I do not even see the same things that is mentioned to fix the problem in my reader. 
Thank you,
Jodi

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Community Expert ,
Dec 05, 2020 Dec 05, 2020

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What version of Acrobat Reader does you use?

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New Here ,
Dec 05, 2020 Dec 05, 2020

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It says continuous release 2020.013.20064. Does that help?

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Community Expert ,
Dec 05, 2020 Dec 05, 2020

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What menu does you see?

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New Here ,
Jan 19, 2021 Jan 19, 2021

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Hi Bernd, 

So, which menu are you asking about? 

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New Here ,
Jan 19, 2021 Jan 19, 2021

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Oh, also, my read aloud, seems to spell words out often, instead of reading them. Is there a way to fix this? 

Thank you!

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