TextHelp Read and Write Gold Helpsheet

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					      TextHelp Read & Write Gold – The Basics
Set-up list:
   - Have this guide beside you as you work through textHELP.
   - This guide assumes your PC has speakers and a sound card,
     or you have access to head-phones.
   - University of Lincoln network users should enquire about
     purchasing or borrowing headphones at their student I.T.
     support desk.
   - The basic settings below can be amended as you become
     more experienced with the software.

Getting Started:
1. First make sure that the Volume of your
   computer is set correctly. Click the loud-speaker
   icon in the lower right task-bar.
2. Secondly, make sure there is no tick in the Mute
3. Now open textHELP from the START/All
   Programs/ Accessibility menu so that
   the toolbar is displayed onscreen.

   4. Click on the drop-down menu and select General Options.
   5. Click on the Small icons with text
      radio button and hit OK.
   6. Now click on the drop-down menu
      at the side of the Play button and
      select Speech Options.
   7. Select a voice that suits you.
      Usually Tina or Tim will be best.
      You can click on Test Voice to hear
      them and then click OK when ready.
   8. All other settings can be left as
      default for the time being.

You can now put your textHELP toolbar anywhere you wish on the
screen. Some users prefer to dock it at the top of the screen where
it can be less of a distraction.
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You can use textHELP to read aloud almost any computer-based or
paper-based resource (if your computer is connected to a scanner).

   1) Open MS Word and type in the following sentence:

   This is to show how text can be read aloud to you to aid

   2) Now hi-light the text and click on the Play button on the

   3) You can stop the play-back by clicking on the Stop button.
   4) Now experiment by using different documents, or browse the
      internet and try reading a web-page.

As well as reading resources to you, it can extremely useful as a
proof-reading tool: it is often much easier to spot mistakes by
having your work read out to you.

textHELP has a phonetic spell-checker and a dictionary to check
definitions built in.

   1) Try typing this sentence in MS Word:

              This is a mistike I have made on porpose.

   2) Now run the spell-checker by clicking on this button.

   3) You can check definitions
      using the window at the
      right to make sure you
      choose the right word from
      the list.

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Homophone Support:

Homophones are words that sound the same, but are spelt
differently (e.g there, their and they’re). They can be confusing
words to use, but textHELP allows you to check them and make
sure you are using the right word.

   1) Open MS Word and type in the following sentence:

   It was a lovely day, sew they went for a vary long walk.

   2) Now click on the Sounds Like button

   3) The Same Sounding Words window opens:

   4) You can now check each homophone in your document and
      make sure you have used the right word, replacing any that
      are incorrect.

Reading a PDF file:

   1. Open a PDF file either directly from the net, or from a saved
      file on your computer.

   1) Click on the Screenshot Reader
      option on the TextHELP toolbar.

   2) You can now select the text in the PDF document you want to

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   3) TextHELP will take a few moments to
      analyse the text.

   4) The selection from the PDF document you have chosen will
      now be read aloud automatically.

Word prediction can make composing your work easier and more
efficient, especially if you struggle with spelling.

   1) Click on the prediction button

   2) The Prediction Window will open. Now start to type this
      sentence in MS word:

                           I am writing this to show

   3) You can now insert a word from
       the prediction list by pressing
       the relevant function key (e.g.
       F1 etc):

Screen Masking:

Screen masking allows you to change the colour of the background
of your screen, which can make it easier to read.

   1) Clicking on the drop-down menu at the side of
      the Screen Masking button allows you to click on
      Screen Masking Options. You can change the
     colour that will be used to tint your screen by clicking on the
     colour currently displayed. Select a colour and click on OK.

   2) To activate the screen masking, just click on the
      main button. You should now have a tinted

   3) If you do not already know the best colour to use, you may
      wish to experiment to find one that works for you.

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