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Reading TRWRR PDFs on Edge Browser

When entitled members click on any of the four sets of PDFs, the document should open in the Edge Browser. 


Above the document will be a toolbar, as shown below.  If you click “Page View,” you’ll have the choice of “Single page” or “2-page.” For these documents “Single page” is the better choice.

Edge Toolbar for reading PDFs

The icon to the left of “Page View” gives you another choice, either to “Fit to width” or “Fit to page.” If you want a size that's even bigger or smaller, or between these two options, you can use the plus or minus sign. Below is a story viewed in "Fit to width." When you click on it, the pop up will give you an approximate perspective of its size.

Story 269

After you have made your choices, you're ready to read. If you click on “Read aloud,” the TTS voice will start reading, and the toolbar that had been visible a nanosecond before with a single navigational tool will have changed into one having three navigation tools: 

Shows initial view of bar with Voice Controls and Voice Options
Changed look of voice control bar with Voice options while story is being read by TTS voice

To pause your reading, click on the two parallel bars. To repeat a sentence or a paragraph, click on the left caret. To go back farther on a page, click on the caret repeatedly until the cursor selects the text you want. Likewise, to skip over a few sentences or paragraphs, click the right caret one or more times. 


When you want to move to another story, merely start scrolling. The moment you do so the TTS narration will stop momentarily and start afresh wherever you stop scrolling. The TTS voice often needs a little finessing to get it to begin reading at the exact spot you want. Gaining the ability to do this is acquired only through practice. This irksome characteristic, incidentally, is not present with downloadable Adobe PDFs that members may purchase at our Campus Bookstore.


Nevertheless, you can mitigate the problem somewhat if you refer to the Table of Contents and select the story you want to read. You do this by right clicking anywhere on your display, then selecting "Refresh," or Ctrl + R. In a split second you'll see the Table, as shown below:

Story 269 on left with "Table of Contents" on right

If you would like to select a different voice, there are over a dozen English voices you can choose from. Just click on "Voice options" found in the navigational toolbar shown above. (Incidentally, every now and then one voice may mispronounce a word, while another voice will pronounce it correctly. Thus, you may want to experiment with several voices until you find one that's satisfactory to you.)


You can also change the speed of the TTS narrator's delivery under "Voice options."


If the tabs on your computer are distractive to you, you can tap F11 on your keyboard to hide them. And when through listening to the document, you can tap F11 again to toggle back to normal view.


To be sure, it takes a little time and some knowhow to get good at navigating these documents. At any rate, within just a few days most students can gain the ability to maneuver about efficiently.

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