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How to access PDF support in Helperbird


How to Access PDF Support in Helperbird

This guide describes how to use the PDF reading features in Helperbird. If a PDF is detected in your browser, a popup will ask if you want to open it in Helperbird's PDF reader.

Step 1: Open Helperbird by clicking the Helperbird icon in the top right corner of your browser window.

Step 2: The extension will open, showing the quick actions and other features.

Step 3: Scroll to the Quick Actions area section.

Step 4: Click on the pink PDF button.

Step 5: The PDF reader will open.

Step 6: You can now load your PDFs.

Automatic PDF Detection

PDF Popup: When Helperbird detects a PDF file in your browser, a popup will appear.

Open in PDF Reader: The popup will give you the option to open the PDF directly in Helperbird's PDF reader for enhanced accessibility features.

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How to Load a PDF in Helperbird's PDF Reader

This guide will walk you through the process of loading a PDF file into Helperbird's PDF reader.

Step 1: Open the PDF Reader: Follow the steps from the previous guide to open the PDF reader in Helperbird.

Step 2: Locate the File Icon: On the top right of the PDF reader, look for a file icon. This icon also has a tooltip saying "open file."

Step 3: Click on the File Icon: Select the file icon to open a file dialog.

Step 4: Choose Your PDF File: Browse your computer and select the PDF file you wish to open.

Step 5: Wait for Loading: The file will take a moment or two to load into the reader.

Step 6: PDF Ready: Your PDF file is now open and ready for use in the Helperbird PDF reader.

Step 7: Drag and Drop Option: Alternatively, you can drag and drop a PDF file directly into the reader for quicker access.

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How to Use Text to Speech on PDFs in Helperbird

Step 1: Open the PDF Reader: Follow the steps from the previous guide to open your PDF in Helperbird's PDF reader.

Step 2: Select Text: Highlight the text you want to be read aloud, as if you were preparing to copy it.

Step 3: Activate Text to Speech: Once the text is highlighted, click the play button at the top of the PDF reader.

Step 4: Listen to the Reading: The selected text will be read out loud.

Optional Steps:

Pause Text to Speech: If needed, you can pause the reading by clicking the pause button.

Stop Text to Speech: To stop the reading entirely, click the stop button.

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How to Use Immersive Reader by Microsoft on PDFs in Helperbird

This guide will walk you through using Microsoft's Immersive Reader on PDF documents within Helperbird's PDF reader.

Step 1: Open the PDF Reader: Follow the steps from the previous guide to open your PDF in Helperbird's PDF reader.

Step 2: Select Text: Highlight the text you want to be read aloud, similar to how you would if you were going to copy it.

Step 3: Activate Immersive Reader: Once the text is highlighted, click the Immersive Reader button at the top of the PDF reader.

Step 4: Open Immersive Reader: The Immersive Reader interface will open.

Step 5: Access Features: You now have access to the features of Microsoft's Immersive Reader, offering an enhanced reading experience.

How to Use Summarize PDFs in Helperbird

This guide explains how to use the Summarize feature on PDF documents in Helperbird's PDF reader.

Step 1: Open the PDF Reader: Follow the steps from the previous guide to open your PDF in Helperbird's PDF reader.

Step 2: Highlight the text you want to be summarized, in the same manner as if you were preparing to copy it.

Step 3: Once the text is highlighted, click the Summarize button at the top of the PDF reader.

Step 4: The tool will begin to summarize the highlighted text.

Step 5: Once the summarization process is complete, the summarized bullet points will appear along the top.

How to Use Extract Text (OCR) on PDF Files in Helperbird

This guide describes how to use the Extract Text (Optical Character Recognition, OCR) feature for PDF documents in Helperbird's PDF reader.

Step 1: Open the PDF Reader: Follow the steps from the previous guide to open your PDF in Helperbird's PDF reader.

Step 2: Click on the extract text button located along the top of the PDF reader.

Step 3: Once loaded, drag over the area of the PDF from which you want to extract text.

Step 4: The text will be extracted and automatically saved to your clipboard. Additionally, the extracted text will be read out loud.

How to Create a Sticky Note in a PDF File

Step 1: Open the PDF Reader: Follow the steps from the previous guide to open your PDF in Helperbird's PDF reader.

Step 2: Click on the "create a note button" in the PDF reader's toolbar.

Step 3: Upon clicking, a sticky note will appear on your PDF.

Step 4: Type your message into the sticky note. Your note will be saved automatically.

Step 5: The next time you open the PDF, your sticky note will appear exactly where you left it.

For more options and information on sticky notes, see our dedicated sticky note section in the help docs.

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