Open Immersive Reader for Outlook

Immersive Reader in Outlook for the web and Read Aloud in Outlook desktop allow you to hear the text of an email read out loud while following along. Outlook for the web also offers tools for changing the spacing of lines and words to make them easier to read, as well as tools to highlight parts of speech and syllables.

See which Immersive Reader features are supported in your language for Outlook for the web and Outlook desktop.

Use Immersive Reader for Outlook for the web

  1. Log in to your account at, and select Outlook.

  2. Open an email.

  3. Select the More Options icon ... ), then Show in immersive reader

Immersive reader menu selection

Using Immersive Reader

Once your document opens within Immersive Reader, you can do one or more of the following, depending on how you want to focus on the content in your document:

  • To hear the paragraphs read to you, select the Play button.

  • To listen from a certain point on your page, select that word.

Voice Options

  • Select the gear icon to open Voice Options

    Immersive reader voice speed and gender

The Voice Speed slider controls the playback speed of the reader.

  1. Select Voice Speed, then drag the control to the right or left. Move to the right to increase speed and to the left to decrease it.

  2. Press Play to hear the different speeds.

Text options

You can change the appearance of your document by using Text options. The choices you make in text options can help remove visual distraction and improve text readability.

The Text Options menu lets you:

  • Change text size

  • Reduce crowding between letters

  • Change the font

  • Change background color

    Immersive reader menu

Parts of Speech

Parts of Speech controls grammar highlighting and helps readers understand complex sentences.

  • To use, select Parts of Speech (looks like three books).

    Immersive reader parts of speech
  • Choose what to highlight:

    • Syl·la·bles splits words by showing small dots between syllables.

    • Under Parts of speech, turn on Nouns, Verbs, or Adjectives to highlight every noun, verb, or adjective on the page in a color that corresponds to the color of the label.

Click the Close icon to exit Immersive Reader.

Reading preferences

Reading preferences
  • Line Focus enables readers to narrow the focus of their reading experience by highlighting sets of one, three, or five lines within their chosen material in Immersive Reader. Use the toggle to turn it on or off.

    Line Focus interface
  • Picture Dictionary gives you the ability to click on any single word and have it read aloud.
    Picture dictionary

  • Translate allows you to change the language preferences. 

Shortcut keys for Immersive Reader

Use keyboard shortcuts to navigate.

  • Up/Down arrow scrolls line by line

  • Page Up/Page Down scrolls screen by screen

  • Left/Right arrow goes to previous/next page in your OneNote Notebook

  • Esc key closes the reader or menu

  • Tab advances to the next control in Immersive Reader settings

  • Space selects the current tool

Use Immersive Reader in Outlook desktop

First, enable Read Aloud.

  1. Open your Outlook desktop application.

  2. Select File > Options > Ease of Access.

  3. Select the checkbox next to Show Read Aloud

Ease of Access in Outlook settings.

Next, launch Read Aloud.

  • From an email you're reading, select Read Aloud in the Message tab.

    Read Aloud icon

  • From a reply message window, select the Review tab, then Read Aloud

    Read Aloud in the Review tab for an email reply.

  • The reader will start reading immediately. To listen from a certain point in an email, select that word. Otherwise, the reader will begin with the first line of text in your message.

  • A toolbar will appear after you've selected Read Aloud. Select the Pause icon to stop listening.

Voice and speed options

Use the toolbar to Play, Pause, and skip to the next or previous paragraph using the arrows. 

LearningTools Settings

Select the settings icon to adjust the reader's voice and playback speed:

  • Drag the Reading speed control to adjust reading speed. Move to the right to increase speed and to the left to decrease it. Press Play to hear the different speeds.

  • Use the Voice Selection dropdown menu to choose different voices for the reader. Select a voice and then press Play to hear it.

Select the X to close Read Aloud.

Keyboard shortcuts:

Use the following keyboard shortcuts for Read Aloud in Outlook:

CTRL+ALT+SPACE:  Start/Exit Read Aloud

CTRL+SPACE:  Pause Read Aloud

ALT+RIGHT:  Increase reading speed

ALT+LEFT: Decrease reading speed

CTRL+RIGHT: Read previous paragraph

CTRL+LEFT: Read next paragraph

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