Use Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge
Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge simplifies web page layouts, removes clutter, and helps you customize your reading experience in Windows 10 and Windows 11. Immersive Reader was originally designed to meet the needs of readers with dyslexia and dysgraphia. However, anyone who wants to make reading on their device easier can benefit from this tool!
Enter Reader Mode in Immersive Reader
Entering Reader Mode in Immersive Reader will simplify the page you’re on by hiding distracting pop-ups and buttons, leaving you with just the important parts: textual and visual content. Once you enter Reader Mode, start using tools like Read Aloud, Text preferences, Grammar tools and Reading preferences.
To enter Reader Mode, use Microsoft Edge to visit a website you want to read. Select Enter Immersive Reader in the address bar or use the keyboard shortcut F9.
To exit Immersive reader, select Exit Immersive Reader in the address bar or use the keyboard shortcut F9.
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 audibly.
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 buttons to play audio, skip to the next or previous paragraph, and adjust Voice options. Voice options allow you to change the reader’s voice and slow down or speed up their reading pace.
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 → Read Aloud.
Text preferences in Immersive Reader
Choose from a wide variety of text and color options such as Text size, Text spacing, and Page themes to enhance your experience in Immersive Reader.
Find these settings in Text preferences from the Immersive Reader toolbar.
- 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 spacing between lines of text.
- Text column style: Adjust how wide your page’s text column spreads.
- Page themes: Choose from a variety of page themes and color options, including themes inspired by Irlen Spectral Filters for people with Irlen Syndrome. Select More themes to view all available themes.
Grammar tools in Immersive Reader
Grammar tools help improve reading comprehension by splitting words into syllables and highlighting nouns, verbs, and adjectives.
To open Grammar tools, select Grammar tools from the Immersive Reader toolbar.
- Syl·la·bles: Turn on Syl·la·bles to divide words by showing small dots between syllables.
- Parts of speech: Under Parts of speech, turn on Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, or Adverbs to highlight every noun, verb, adjective, or adverb on the page in a color that corresponds to the color of the label. Customize highlight colors and show 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 visual representation of a word, or Translate to change the language of the text.
Find these tools in Reading preferences on the Immersive Reader toolbar:
- 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. 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.
- 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.
Make it easier to focus
Turn off animations
Minimize visual distractions by turning off animations, background images, and more.
- Select Start → Settings → Accessibility → Visual effects
- To minimize distractions, do one or more of the following:
- To automatically hide the scrollbars in Windows, turn off the Always show scrollbars switch.
- To make some window backgrounds more opaque, turn off the Transparency effects switch.
- If you don’t want Windows to show animations, turn off the Animation effects switch.
- To define how long notifications are shown, expand the Dismiss notifications after this amount of time menu and select the option you want.
Clean up taskbar clutter
Choose which icons appear on the taskbar and reduce the number of items in view.
- Select Start → Settings → Personalization → Taskbar
- Select Taskbar items and Taskbar corner icons to expand those sections and turn off the switches for the items you don’t want to see on the taskbar.
- To select which icons can appear in the taskbar corner, select Taskbar corner overflow. Turn on the switches for the icons that you want to see in the taskbar corner. The icons with the switches turned off won’t show directly on the taskbar—they’ll only appear in the taskbar corner overflow menu.
Simplify the Start menu
You can select what to show in the Start menu—keeping distractions at a minimum and finding what you need quickly.
- Select Start → Settings → Personalization → Start.
- To simplify the Start menu, do one or more of the following:
- To show or hide recently added apps, toggle the Show recently added apps switch on or off.
- To show or hide the apps you use the most, toggle the Show most used appsswitch on or off.
- To show or hide your recently opened items, toggle the Show recently opened items in Start, Jump Lists, and File Explorer switch on or off.
- To select which folders are shown or hidden in the Start menu next to the power button, select Folders, and turn on the switches for the folders you want to see. Turn the switches off for the folders you want to hide.
Do not disturb allows you to define which notifications you see and hear and when. The rest of the notifications will go to the notification center where you can see them any time. You can also modify the notifications settings to choose which apps display notifications.
Choose the notifications you want to see and hear
- Select Start → Settings → System → Notifications, then adjust the settings.
- To see and hear fewer notifications, turn on Do not disturb.
- If you want to choose notifications from certain apps, select Set priority notifications. Modify these options to get the notifications you want to see when do not disturb is turned on.
Tip: To quickly switch Do not disturb on, go to the taskbar and select the battery, network, or volume icon to open the notification center, then turn it on or off.
Limit late-night notifications
- Select Start → Settings → System → Notifications
- In Turn on do not disturb automatically, select During these times to turn it on
- Choose when do not disturb turns on, turns off, and how often it repeats.
- You can also choose the types of tasks that will turn on do not disturb automatically.
Choose which apps display notifications
If notifications are distracting when they appear on your screen, adjust which apps display notifications and fine-tune how they appear.
- Select Start → Settings → System → Notifications.
- In Notifications from apps and other senders, turn off the apps you don’t want notifications from and turn on the apps you do want to get notifications from.
- To define where the notifications appear for each app, select a specific app, then change the options as desired.
Read with fewer distractions
To read a web page on a simpler and cleaner layout, use the Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge. For more info on the Immersive Reader, go to Use Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge.
- To start using the Immersive Reader, open the web page you want to read in Microsoft Edge, and then press the function key + F9. Alternatively, select Enter Immersive Reader on the address bar.
Tip: If you don’t see the (Enter Immersive Reader) icon on the address bar, select the text you want to read, right-click, and select Open selection in Immersive Reader.
- The page opens on a simpler layout. To change how the page is displayed, review the options on the toolbar at the top of the page. Under Text preferences, for example, you can modify the background color using themes or change the font.
- To exit the Immersive Reader, select Exit Immersive Reader on the address bar or press the function key + F9.