Read&Write for Chrome

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Read&Write for Google Chrome

UCA has just added a new extension within Google Chrome. Read&Write for Chrome tools can be used in Google Docs, Google Slides, PDFs, ePubs, and on the web. This technology will read text aloud and convert selected text into audio files such as MP3.

Scroll down to see how to install the Snapverter app. Snapverter is a tool that converts photos of documents into accessible PDF documents, which can then be shared, translated, highlighted, etc.

An Introduction to Read&Write for Google Chrome!

Using Read&Write for Google Chrome

Step 1: Install the Read&Write Chrome extension

In order to use Read&Write with UCA accounts, you will need to install the Read&Write extension for Google Chrome. This is a two-step process: first, log in to Google Chrome, and second, install the extension.

How to Log in to Google Chrome

The Read&Write extension must be used with the Google Chrome browser. You must also have your UCA email account user connected to, or logged into, Google Chrome.

NOTE: Logging in to the UCA network does not automatically connect your account to the Google Chrome browser.
    1. Open Google Chrome on your computer.
    2. Click the User icon located at the top of the window just left of the windows control buttons.

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NOTE: If you see a name at the top right corner of the window instead of a user icon, this usually indicates that a user is already logged in to the Chrome browser. To disconnect the current user and login as yourself, start my clicking the Customize and control button (). Click Settings, and then click Disconnect your Google Account. Click Sign Out to finish the process. When you disconnect a Google Account from Chrome, you will sign out of all open Google sessions belonging to that user, including Gmail.
  1. Click the blue button Sign in to Chrome.
  2. Enter your UCA email, and then click Next.
  3. If required, enter your UCA email address and click the Next button. This is for logging in to Google services; if you are already logged in to your UCA Gmail account, you may not get this window.
  4. Enter your UCA username and password, and then click Log In.
  5. In the window that appears, click Create a new profile.
  6. Click OK, Got it.
  7. You are now signed in to Google Chrome. To make sure you are logged in to Chrome, click your name in the top-right corner of the Chrome window. You should see your name and UCA email listed.

How to Install Read&Write for Google Chrome

Before installing Read&Write, you must ensure that you are logged in to the Chrome browser using your UCA email account. This extension will only work for users with email addresses that end with @uca.edu or @cub.uca.edu. For help with this process, follow the steps above.

    1. Open Google Chrome and click the Customize and control button (). Roll the mouse cursor over More tools, and then click Extensions.

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    1. Scroll to the bottom of the Extensions page, and then click Get more extensions. This will open the Chrome Web Store.
    2. Enter Read&Write for Google in the search field, and then press Enter on the keyboard.
    3. This search will return the results for Read&Write for Google Chrome and Screenshot reader. You will need to install these two extensions.

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    1. Next to Read&Write for Google Chrome, click the blue Add to Chrome button. Click Add extension at the prompt. Once the extension has been added, a message will appear stating that the extension has been added successfully. This message will close automatically when you click anywhere within Chrome.
    2. Next to Screenshot reader, click the blue Add to Chrome button. Click Add extension at the prompt. Once the extension has been added, a message will appear stating that the extension has been added successfully. This message will close automatically when you click anywhere within Chrome.
    3. Go back to the Extensions page (this should still be open in another tab in Chrome). You should see the two new extensions listed now.

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    1. Close Google Chrome, and then wait a few seconds. Then, open Google Chrome again.
    2. Now that the extensions are installed, you must allow them to interact with UCA’s Google G Suite applications. Start by clicking on the Read&Write extension icon (readandwrite_icon_2) at the top of the browser window.

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    1. If this is the first time you have used Read&Write with your UCA account, you will be prompted to allow the extension to access your account. Click the Allow button.

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  1. If required, click the Read&Write icon (readandwrite_icon_2) at the top of the browser window again.
  2. This will open the Read&Write toolbar.

Read&Write for Google Chrome can also be used to access items in our Google Drive. When you first access a Google Drive file, Google Doc, Google Slide, or a saved PDF document, you will need to allow Read&Write to access those items as well.

Step 2: Install Snapverter app for Google Chrome

Snapverter is a tool that converts photos of documents or inaccessible PDF’s into accessible PDF documents, which can then be shared, translated, highlighted, etc. This tool is licensed for UCA accounts; in order to use Snapverter, you will need to both install the Google Drive app on your mobile device or computer and install the Snapverter app on your Google Chrome account.

How to Install Snapverter

Before installing Snapverter, you must ensure that you are logged in to the Chrome browser using your UCA email account. Because this tool is licensed for UCA users, it will only work for users with email addresses that end with @uca.edu or @cub.uca.edu (for help with this process, follow the steps above).

  1. Go to the Snapverter page in the Chrome Web Store. Click Add to Chrome.add_to_chrome_snapverter
  2. The Apps screen with appear with the Snapverter app added. Click the Snapverter icon.app_screen_snapverter
  3. If prompted, choose your UCA account. When prompted to give permissions, click Allow. This will create the necessary set of folders in your Google Drive for Snapverter to work correctly.

How to Use Snapverter

  1. If you have not already done so, install the Google Drive app on your mobile device. Once installed, open the Google Drive app and log in with your UCA account.
  2. Navigate to the Snapverter folder (this was created by Snapverter when you installed the app), and then go to the subfolder called Drop files here to convert.
  3. Select the Scan or + button to take a photo of a page, or the Upload button to upload an image.
  4. The file will then be converted into a readable PDF (this may take up to 5 minutes) in the Finished subfolder.
  • For Snapverter settings and tool progress, go the Snapverter app from the Apps screen or on your computer click the Apps button on the top left side of your Chrome browser.
  • For in-depth instructions on how to use the Snapverter tool, refer to this Snapverter how-to article.

Step 3: Explore Read&Write Chrome Extension 

When you install the Read&Write for Google Chrome extension, you get 4 toolbars:

Google Docs Toolbar Google Docs Toolbar

Web Toolbar

Web toolbar

PDF and ePub Toolbar

PDF and ePub toolbar

Google Slides Toolbar

Slides toolbar

Explore Settings

  1. Click Settings buttonSettings
  2. Set up Speech settingsSettings2

Step 4: Start Using the New Toolbars!

Not sure what tools to use to maximize your study time and to best match your learning style?

Texthelp has a great toolmatcher guide available by following this link! Once click the check boxes next to the accommodations that best match your needs then click “See how Read&Write can help” button to create a personalized Read&Write for Google Chrome user guide. Once you have generated the user guide you can: send a link to this report to yourself, download the report in word format, and also click on each tool which will take you to a YouTube video on how to use the tool!

Helpful Handouts for Using Read & Write

Chrome Extension

Read & Write for Chrome: Quick Reference Card

Read & Write for Chrome: Highlighter Tool Uses

Read & Write for Chrome: Highlighting to Summarize

Read & Write for Chrome: Active Reading Strategies & Sentence Starters

Read & Write for Chrome: Vocabulary List Builder Mods

Snapverter User Guide