Read a PDF with Read Out Loud

The Read Out Loud feature reads aloud the text in a PDF, including the text in comments and alternate text descriptions for images and fillable fields. In tagged PDFs, content is read in the order in which it appears in the document’s logical structure tree. In untagged documents, the reading order is inferred, unless a reading order has been specified in the Reading preferences.

Read Out Loud uses the available voices installed on your system. If you have SAPI 4 or SAPI 5 voices installed from text-to-speech or language applications, you can choose them to read your PDFs.

Note: Read Out Loud isn’t a screen reader, and some operating systems may not support it.

Activate or deactivate Read Out Loud

You must activate Read Out Loud before you can use it. You can deactivate Read Out Loud to free system resources and improve performance of other operations.

 Do one of the following:
  • Choose View > Read Out Loud > Activate Read Out Loud.

  • Choose View > Read Out Loud > Deactivate Read Out Loud.

    You can also use the Select Object tool to locate text. Activate Read Out Loud, and then choose Tools > Content > Select Object. Use the up/down and left/right arrow keys to navigate through the document. You can hear where the Select Object tool has been placed, such as a heading or paragraph.

Read a PDF with Read Out Loud

  1. Navigate to the page that you want to read.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Choose View > Read Out Loud > Read This Page Only.

    • Choose View > Read Out Loud > Read To End Of Document.

Read PDF form fields out loud

  1. In the Reading panel of the Preferences dialog box, select Read Form Fields in the Read Out Loud Options section.
  2. In the PDF form, press Tab to select the first form field.
  3. Make entries and selections as needed, and then press Tab to move to the next field, repeating this step until the form is completed. Acrobat reads the state of selected check boxes and radio buttons.
    Note: Read Out Loud does not echo your keystrokes. To hear what you have typed, use a screen reader.

Interrupt reading out loud

 Do one of the following:
  • Choose View > Read Out Loud > Pause.

  • Choose View > Read Out Loud > Resume.

  • Choose View > Read Out Loud > Stop.