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How do I access Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge?

Published: 23 July 2021 Last updated: 4 August 2021

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Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge

Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge simplifies a web page layout, removes clutter, and lets you customize your reading experience. In this article, we’ll also introduce some amazing learning and accessibility tools in Microsoft Edge Immersive Reader to help improve reading comprehension and enhance learning. Immersive Reader is designed to meet the needs of readers with dyslexia and dysgraphia or anyone who wants to make reading on their device easier. 

Enter reading mode using Immersive Reader

To enter reading mode, go to the website you want to read in Microsoft Edge and select Enter Immersive Reader in the address bar or use the keyboard shortcut F9

Enter Immersive Reader

To exit Immersive reader, click Exit Immersive Reader in the address bar or use the keyboard shortcut F9. 

Exit Immersive Reader

Tip:  If you don’t see the Immersive Reader Icon in the address bar, you can still view the text in Immersive Reader. Just select the text you want to read, right-click, and select Open in Immersive Reader from the context menu.

Read Aloud in Microsoft Edge

Read Aloud is a simple, but powerful tool that reads the text of a web page out loud.  

To begin, select Read Aloud from the Immersive Reader toolbar. A ribbon toolbar appears at the top of the page after you start Read Aloud. The toolbar includes the Play button, buttons to skip to the next or previous paragraph, and a button to adjust your Voice options. Voice options allow you to select from different Microsoft voices as well as change the speed of the reader. 

To stop listening, select the Pause button or the X to close Read aloud. 

Tip: Another way to access Read Aloud is to select  Settings and more , and then select Read Aloud.

Text preferences in Immersive Reader

You can choose a variety of text and colour options using Text sizeText spacing, and Page themes to enhance your reading experience in Immersive Reader.

To open the text preferences, select Text preferences from the Immersive Reader toolbar.

Immersive Reader Text preferences
  • Text size: Under the label Text size, move the slider right to make the text larger; move it left to make the text smaller.
  • Text spacing: Turn on Text spacing to increase the spacing between lines of text.
  • Page themes: Choose a page theme to reduce visual distraction. There are a variety of colour options, including themes inspired by Irlen Spectral Filters for people who suffer from Irlen Syndrome. Click More themes to view all the available themes.

Grammar tools in Immersive Reader

Grammar tools assist reading comprehension by breaking words into syllables and highlighting nouns, verbs, and adjectives. 

To open Grammar tools, select Grammar tools  from the Immersive Reader toolbar. 

Immersive Reader Grammar tools
  • Syl·la·bles: Turn on Syl·la·bles to divide words by showing small dots between the syllables.
  • Parts of speech: Under Parts of speech, turn on NounsVerbsAdjectives, or Adverbs to highlight every noun, verb, adjective, or adverb on the page in a colour that corresponds to the colour of the label. You can customize the highlight colours and show the labels inline by turning on Show labels.

Reading preferences in Immersive Reader 

In Reading preferences, you can turn on tools like Line focus to focus on reading one, three or five lines at a time, Picture dictionary to see a picture meaning of a word, or Translate to change the language of the text. 

To open Reading preferences, select Reading preferences on the Immersive Reader toolbar.

Reading preferences in Immersive Reader

Line focus: Line focus narrows the focus of your reading to one, three, or five lines in Immersive Reader. When just a portion of text highlighted, content is easier to read and comprehend. 

Line focus in Immersive Reader

Use the up and down arrows in Immersive Reader or up and down keys on the keyboard to move the line focus up or down on the page.

  • Picture dictionary: With Picture dictionary on, you can click on any single word and see an illustration related to the meaning.
Picture dictionary in Immersive Reader
  • Translate: Translate lets you change the language of the text you’re reading. Select the language in the list and turn on Translate entire page.

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