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Kurzweil 3000 at UWF

This page provides information about the Kurzweil 3000 assistive technology software and how it is used at UWF. Included are quick reference guides, FAQs, and educational videos.

“Kurzweil 3000TM is the comprehensive reading, writing and learning software solution for any struggling reader, including individuals with learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder or those who are English Language Learners”

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Quick Reference Guides

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Where can I access Kurzweil 3000 on campus? Is it available as an app in MyUWF or in ArgoApps?

Kurzweil 3000 is available across campus at:

  • John C. Pace Library - Building 32
  • Professional Studies Library - Building 86
  • Emerald Coast Library
  • Tutoring and Learning Resources - Building 52
  • University Commons - Cyberlounge - Building 22
  • Student Accessibility Resources - Building 21

Kurzweil 3000 is only available in physical computer labs and is not available virtually, neither through MyUWF nor ArgoApps.

Who should I contact if I have problems with the software?

For help contact the Student Accessibility Resources at (850) 474-2387 or email

Which file formats are supported by Kurzweil 3000?

You can work with virtually any kind of document in Kurzweil 3000:

  • Text documents
  • Image documents that you scan into Kurzweil 3000
  • Documents that you open from another application or open using the KESI Virtual Printer
Can Kurzweil 3000 read web pages?


The Kurzweil 3000 Read the Web feature lets you use the Kurzweil 3000 reading and reference tools with content you view in a web browser. The Kurzweil 3000 Read the Web extension enables the Kurzweil 3000 Read the Web application to work with Firefox and Chrome.

Note:  Kurzweil 3000 does not read embedded files (i.e.PDFs) from the web. If there is an option to print, use the KESI virtual printer to print the document in the .kes file format which can then be read by Kurzweil 3000.

What is the KESI Virtual Printer?

The KESI Virtual Printer is a print driver, listed in your Windows Devices and Printers area. The primary reason to use the virtual printer is in order to open files that are not a supported file type in Kurzweil 3000.

To use the KESI Virtual Printer, you must print from an application outside of Kurzweil, and that application must have a Print function.

Instead of printing to paper, it "prints" to Kurzweil and creates a Kurzweil 3000 image file, which can then be read and/or saved as a Kurzweil file.


What are the different reading voices in Kurzweil 3000?

The default language for the university installation of Kurzweil 3000 is English. By default there are five languages: 3 English dialects, 1 French Canadian, and 1 Spanish North American.

Can Kurzweil 3000 translate documents into other languages?


Kurzweil 3000 can translate documents into over 70 languages. Though text can be translated into multiple languages, Kurzweil will only read in the available languages with the software installation.

What are the study skills tools available in Kurzweil 3000?

In Kurzweil 3000, the term “annotations” is used to encompass most of the Study Skill tools. Annotations are meta-information (extra data) added to text and other items (i.e. images) for relevancy or explanation. In Kurzweil 3000 this includes markups with highlight, circle, or cross-out text functionality, bookmarks, sticky notes, text notes, column notes, note snippets, bubble notes, footnotes, and even voice notes.

Kurzweil 3000’s additional study skills tools include:

  • Brainstorm
  • Word lists
  • Outline
  • Word of the day
  • Vocabulary study guide
Are the Kurzweil 3000 writing tools similar to those in other word processors?

Kurzweil 3000 writing and editing features follow the majority of standard word processing functions:

  • CTRL+X for Cut
  • CTRL+V for Paste
  • Double-click to select a word
  • Triple-click to select a sentence

More advanced editing features are also available in Kurzweil 3000, such as:

  • Text alignment
  • Line spacing
  • Page break
  • Spell-check
  • Hyperlink format
  • Word prediction
Can I customize the Tabs and Toolbars in Kurzweil 3000?


The Tabs and Toolbars work together. When you select a Tab, the related Toolbar is displayed. You can build your own Tab and Toolbar using the Customize Tab and Customize Toolbar features.

There are several ways to customize your tabs and toolbars and other options such as:

  • Hide/display/rename toolbars and tabs
  • Edit tools and toolbar sets
  • Change positions of tools in a toolbar set
  • Customize right mouse button menu
  • Change the reading
  • Dual highlighting colors


Kurzweil 3000 v15 Training Videos

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Reading Tools

Writing Tools

Study Tools

Other Tools