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Kurzweil 3000

What is Kurzweil 3000?

Kurzweil 3000 provides enhanced ways to experience text and study. It is most commonly used to read digital text in audible voices, convert paper documents to digital format, and convert text to MP3 files for listening most anywhere.

WVU Accessibility Services creates Kurzweil accounts for those determined to qualify for access to this service. Once an account has been created, the Kurzweil software can be installed on any computer the individual wishes to use, and orientation to the software can be arranged by Accessibility Services through Information Technology Services. The videos on this page provide a similar experience to what is covered in face-to-face training, and may be sufficient for some users.

Kurzweil accounts also include cloud-based storage, where electronic documents can be stored and accessed from any computer internet-connected system.


Learn how to use Kurzweil 3000:

  1. Overview - Introduction to Kurzweil 3000 and the sequence of movies
  2. Scanning Pages - Launch the software and scan pages
  3. Verifying & Rescanning Pages - Confirm proper scanning and fix any
  4. Reading & Listening - Set preferences and listen to your pages
  5. Zone Editing - Control which aspects are read
  6. Creating MP3 Audio Files - Listen to your pages virtually anywhere!
  7. Document Sizes - Additional tips on scanning of various page sizes
  8. Assistance - Where to get help


Those who have been given Kurzweil 3000 accounts by the Office of Accessibility Services can install the software by following Kurzweil's directions for their computer type: