If you do not want to install a new program on your computer running Windows Vista, 7, or 8 here are some directions for using Narrator with WordPad in Windows Vista. Narrator will not read in MS Word or Works so the text will need to be copied to Word Pad or opened with Word Pad. The files that we provide in RTF can be opened in Word Pad. The following directions explain how to do this.
Directions for Narrator in Windows 8 have changed. There are some new hotkeys and they have added touch screen support so it works in Windows 8 RT. To open Narrator in Windows 8 Hold the Windows Key and Press Enter or on tablets Windows Key and Press Volume Up. You can find more Windows 8 specific information on Microsoft's Hear Text Read Aloud with Narrator page.
You can open RTF and text files in WordPad
|INSERT+F3||Read the current character|
|INSERT+F4||Read the current word|
|INSERT+F5||Read the current line|
|INSERT+F6||Read the current paragraph|
|INSERT+F7||Read the current page|
|INSERT+F8||Read the current document|
You can also use the up and down arrows to read line by line.
Narrator IS NOT VERY EFFECTIVE. It will not track down through the document while you read. So if you want to look at the text while it reads you need to use the arrow keys to read.
WordPad will not display all RTF files. Some files with more complex formatting will not display all of the formatting and graphics. The files that Disability Services scans have very simple if any formatting so they should open without much trouble.