Using Background Reader


Welcome to this how-to video for ZoomText
10. Today we’re going to walk you through how
to use Background Reader. Background reader is a tool that allows you
to listen to documents, webpages, emails, or any text while simultaneously performing
other tasks. Let’s take a look at how it works! Before we can activate the Background Reader,
we’re going to need to select and copy some text to the Windows clipboard. Let’s go ahead and open a news article on
the web. From here, I’m simply going to click and
hold my left mouse button down and select the text in the article. Now to copy the text I can press CTRL+C on
the keyboard, or right click and choose Copy. Then all I’ll need to do is bring the ZoomText
toolbar and click on Background Reader. Immediately my text will be read aloud and
I’m free to go about other tasks. On the Background Reader toolbar, you have
buttons to Pause and resume playback, Restart your reading, or if you’ve copied new text
to the clipboard since you started Background Reader, the capture button will start reading
that text. Along with this, you can navigate by Previous
Sentence and Word or Next Sentence and Word by clicking on the appropriate navigation
buttons. When you’re done, simply click the Exit
button to close Background Reader. Now that we’ve shown you how to use Background
Reader exclusively by using your mouse, we’re going to show you how using hotkeys can tremendously
increase your workflow. This time, we’re going to open a PDF document
we want to have read. Now, let’s say I want to read this entire
long document…instead of selecting all the text, I’ll press CTRL+A to select all of
the text in the document, and then press CAPSLOCK+S to immediately start Background Reader from
my selection. Notice that I didn’t have to manually copy
the text to the clipboard when using CAPS+S, I simply selected the text and pressed the
hotkey. Now I’m free to open other applications
or documents while Background Reader continues to read., or if I’m in a school situation,
start tying notes while Background Reader is reading to me. Even if I’m in the process of doing something
else, I can use the hotkeys to pause by pressing CAPS LOCK+ENTER, and navigate by sentence
using CAPS LOCK+LEFT and RIGHT ARROW as well as navigate by word using CTRL+CAPS
LOCK+LEFT and RIGHT arrow You can also have Background Reader speak the current sentence
by pressing CAPS LOck+Spacebar and speak the current word by pressing CTRL+CAPS Lock+Spacebar. When I’m done with BG Reader, pressing CAPS
LOCK+Escape will exit reading. For more information, or to purchase your
own copy of ZoomText 10, visit our website at www.aisquared.com, or call us toll free
at (800) 859-0270.

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