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How to Use ClickReader


NOTICE: Unfortunately due to changes in Firefox 15 and up, we are no longer able to update ClickReader. We are sorry to say that we no longer have the resources to update it. If anyone would like to do this, links to source code and documentation can be found on the left.

​Auto-reading Mode


Auto-reading mode can automatically read the text of a webpage.  ClickReader will begin reading at the top of the page and continue reading until the end of the page or until the user tells it to stop.  When this mode is active, the selection being read can be changed by clicking on another part of the page or by using a shortcut key.  If the user clicks on another part of the page, the selection will automatically change to wherever the user clicked and the speaking will continue from that point.

When a page is first loaded in the browser, ClickReader will automatically track mouse clicks.  If the mouse has been clicked on the page and the page reading mode is activated, ClickReader will begin reading at the last location clicked.

The automatic reading mode can be started in one of four different ways:

  1. Click on the auto-read button on the ClickReader toolbar
  2. Select “Begin Speaking” from the right-click context menu
  3. Select “Begin Speaking” from the ClickReader menu which is found under the Firefox Tools menu
  4. Use the spacebar as a shortcut key

No matter how ClickReader is started, it will stop speaking when the end of the webpage is reached or when directed by the user, as follows:

  1. Click on the pause button which is part of the ClickReader toolbar
  2. Select “ClickReader: Stop Speaking” from the right-click context menu
  3. Select “Stop Speaking” from the ClickReader menu which appears under the Firefox Tools menu
  4. Use the Q shortcut key(which will always stop the reader in either speaking mode) or use the spacebar shortcut key if ClickReader is speaking

Read Selection


The Read Selection mode reads only the currently selected text on the page.  In order to use this mode, text must first be highlighted by using either the mouse or the keyboard.  The speak selected mode can then be started in four different ways: 

  1. Click on the speak selected button on the ClickReader toolbar
  2. Select “ClickReader: Speak Selected Text” from the right click context menu
  3. Select “Speak Selected Text” from the ClickReader menu under the Firefox Tools menu
  4. Use the Z shortcut key

Upon activation, the text which has been highlighted will be read.  Speaking will automatically stop after the entire element(usually text) has been read and will not continue to the next element on the page as in the auto-reading mode.

Speaking can be stopped at any time by doing the following:

  1. Click on the pause button in the ClickReader toolbar
  2. Use the Q shortcut key

If no element is highlighted on the page when the user activates this mode, ClickReader will say “Please select the text to speak”.

Shortcut Keys

ClickReader shortcut keys 

ClickReader supports the use of several shortcut keys, which are listed below and can also be seen in the General Settings section of the ClickReader Options window(as shown above).

There is a setting in the General Settings section of the ClickReader Options window which determines whether or not shortcut modifier keys(Ctrl + Shift on Windows, Cmd + Shift on Mac OS X) will need to be pressed along with the shortcut keys.

If shortcut key modifiers are disabled and the “Search for text when I start typing” Firefox accessibility option(found in the Advanced section of Firefox options, under the General tab) is selected, the ClickReader shortcut keys will not work properly.

​Shortcut Key
​Function
Spacebar​ Start/Stop(Toggle) Speaking​
Q​ Stop Speaking​
Z​ Speak Selected Text​
O​ Display ClickReader Options​
S​ Go to Next Sentence​
V​ Go to Next Paragraph​
C​ Go to Previous Paragraph​
Up Arrow​ Go to Previous Paragraph​
Down Arrow​ Go to Next Paragraph​