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Read&Write Software Guide: Overview of Settings

At the end of the Read&Write toolbar, there's a button that will open a quick menu.

Image showing quick menu options and where to find full menu.


Once you click "Show more settings..." you'll see the full menu, where you can customize different aspects of the Read&Write software.

Image showing the general settings of Read&Write


There are many useful settings to choose from under the General tab (see image above) including

  • change software colour and size
  • choose which icons are visible on your toolbar
  • choose your language
  • view available keyboard shortcuts

There is also an Advanced Settings section at the bottom where you can reset everything to default.


Under the Check It tab, you can

  • customize how this feature works in Microsoft Word
  • add more words to the software's known vocabulary, like medical terminology and towns/city names
  • view the custom words you added in the dictionary

Screenshot of Check It menu


Under the Dictionary tab, you can

  • change where Read&Write gets its definitions from
  • choose to have the dictionary pop up into a movable box

Screenshot of Dictionary menu


Under the Highlights tab, you can

  • choose which colours you want collected when you press the "Collect Highlights" button
  • decide how you want your highlights to appear in a Word document after you press the "Collect Highlights" button
  • choose whether to collect highlights from multiple open documents or just one at a time

Screenshot of Highlights menu


Under the Prediction tab, you can

  • customize some settings of the Prediction window
  • choose when the software reads your predictive text
  • choose whether the software learns automatically and if all words are spell-checked first

Screenshot of Prediction menu


Under the Scanning tab, you can

  • adjust the quality of your scanned document
  • tell Read&Write how you'll use your scanner, such as setting a delay in scanning, using the automatic document feeder (ADF), and if your document is double-sided (duplex)
  • adjust how to save your scanned document, including save location and file format

Screenshot of basic Scanning menu


Under the Screen Masking tab, you can

  • choose which style of mask you use
  • adjust the colour and opacity
  • see additional settings depending on which mask you select

Screenshot of Screen Masking menu


Under the Screenshot Reader tab, you can

  • choose how the screenshot area is chosen (draw a rectangle, freehand drawing, or hovering)
  • decide whether the text should open in a window, Word document, or text reader window
  • choose whether to have the text saved to an active or new Word document

Screenshot of Screenshot Reader menu


Under the Speech Settings tab, you can

  • adjust how the voice of the reader sounds
  • add custom pronunciations
  • choose when the software auto reads
  • adjust the highlights used to show what is being read
  • access the Talk&Type items, such as the speech recognition training and dictionary

Screenshot of Speech menu, part 1

Screenshot of Speech menu, part 2


Under the Translator tab, you can

  • choose which languages to translate

Screenshot of Translator menu


Under the Vocabulary List tab, you can

  • slightly adjust what your vocabulary list will include, such as a picture definition from the Picture Dictionary or including definitions

Screenshot of the Vocabulary List menu


Under the Voice Note tab, you can

  • choose to either have the voice note added directly in the text of the Word document, or as a comment on the side

Screenshot of the Voice Note menu