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Adobe PDF's Q & A

Question 1:

Are Adobe PDFs a main component of Totally Literate's website?


  • Adobe PDF's are the main structural beams of Totally Literate.

  • We offer twenty-seven PDF's, of which fourteen open on Edge, twelve open on the Adobe platform, so to speak, and one that may be opened on either platform.

  • To reference them, we've dubbed the former ones Standards and the latter ones, Traditionals. 

  • PDF's are the primary documents in eight of our twelve memberships.

Question 2:

How do Standards and Traditionals differ?




  • Standards are decidedly slower than Traditionals.

  • With Standards, however, speed is neither essential nor desirable.

  • Standards take a little longer to learn how to use dexterously.  

  • Standards have two attractive features that Traditionals lack. One, they highlight each word as it's being read aloud; and two, they highlight words in one color, yellow, and lines in another, light blue. 


  • Traditionals are much faster than Standards, much more responsive to the mouse than Traditionals and can home in on individual sentences and words according to context, whereas Standards cannot.

  • Traditionals allow the user to look up and hear definitions, whereas Standards cannot.

  • For the twelve Traditionals on our website, Standards do not offer a practicable alternative.

Standards and Traditionals

  • On smartphones, neither Standards nor Traditionals are useful for instructive purposes because the "Read aloud" function is inoperative on them. 

Question 3:

How are the Adobe PDFs accessed?


You must download the Acrobat Reader.

Question 4:

Is the Adobe Acrobat Reader free?


Yes. Here is the link to download it―

Question 5:

How do I access the Adobe "Read Out Loud feature?"


Follow the four steps below.

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Question 6:

Where do I find the speaker controls for Traditionals?"


Click on "Edit," then "Preference," then "Reading." Next, make your selections in the box under "Read Out Loud Options." 

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Question 7:

How do I use the controls for the Interactive PDFs that open up in Edge?


 After you open a file, set the "Page view," then click "Read aloud."

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A few seconds later the file will dim, and the text will start to be read aloud. 


To stop or pause the reading, click on the center caret in the top toolbar. The page will then look clear. 


Next, click on "Voice options," and note the possible selections.

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Now you can move to any page and continue to read. As before, your screen will dim and the built-in reader will begin to read aloud a highlighted row of text. 


  • To jump over a story or two or more, simply scroll to the top of the page containing the story you want to hear, and the narrator will begin to read. If the story is not the first one on the page, then you should use the right caret to advance to it.

Question 8:

How do I navigate the English-Spanish PDFs that open in Edge?

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Once you start listening in one language, you should stay in that language and listen to all the stories you care to listen to. When finished, you can go to "Voice options" and switch to the other language there. 

Question 9:

How do I resize my screen?


There are only two sizes, "Fit to width" and "Fit to page." You can switch from one to the other by clicking the icon next to "Page view." 

Question 10:

Can Adobe PDFs be converted to Word documents?


Yes, and on Word the "Read out Loud" feature is functional.

Question 11:

How many languages does Adobe Reader support?


  • Adobe supports twenty-four languages, including all but Hindi of our flag languages.

  • Below is a list of these supported languages:


The various PDFs in Amethyst, Emerald, and Diamond memberships-all Standards-are available for purchase as Traditional downloads at our Campus Bookstore. As such, they can be exported to Microsoft Word.


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