Hi Harry, All you require, apart from a scanner, is some OCR software. (Optical Character Recognition) "Omnipage" and "Text Bridge" are two such programs. They have a facility to "Acquire Text" from within Wordpad or Notepad. However, they do come with a price, but absolutely no where near as expensive as Kurzweil. George. ________________________________ From: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of wd8oep@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: 19 March 2005 21:05 To: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [guispeak] how to read print with only a scanner and screen reader? Hi folks, Well, I have a question for anyone out there. I want to scan something and read it with only my screen reader. I've ben told I can do this without using a program like Kurzweil, is this true? If so, can someone walk me through the step by step proceedure to do this? What settings or setting do I need my scanner to be on? I have no program suchas kurzweil, etc. I thought I could scan something and have it automatically open in notepad or wordpad and it would read it for me, can I do this? I'm clueless on how to do this kind of thing. However, I gotta do something because I can't read printed materials unless I do it this way. I'm using a Dell Inspiron 8100 laptop with a 1 gig processor and Windows xp home Edition and 384 meg of ram. Harry This Message has been scanned for viruses by McAfee Groupshield.