Use Learning Tools in the Edge browser

Learning Tools are built into the Microsoft Edge browser, adding more options for readers in your class to interact with texts. Use Learning Tools in Microsoft Edge to hear any webpage or PDF read out loud while following along with the words on screen. 

Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge now has Learning Tools features such as Read aloud, page themes, text size, syllables, and parts of speech highlighting.

Immersive Reader options

Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge simplifies the layout of text and images, reducing distractions and allowing students to choose how they want to read online publications. Select Immersive Reader  Icon of an open book with a speaker over it  in the address bar to tap into the following features:

  • Read aloud - Hear text read out loud. Just right-click (or press and hold) anywhere on the page and select Read aloud. Read aloud will begin automatically reading at the word you selected.

Selecting Read Aloud from Options pane when right clicking on-screen text

A ribbon toolbar will appear at the top of the page after you launch 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.

Playback controls for Read Aloud

Voice options menu in Read Aloud to select playback speed and type of voice

Read aloud highlights each word on the webpage as it's being read. To stop listening, select the Pause button or the X to close Read aloud.

Tip: Another way to access Read aloud is to select the Settings and more O365_EDU_Edge_More_Options icon, and then select Read aloud.

Browser three dots menu with Read aloud button highlighted
 

Note: Read aloud is available for both webpages and PDFs.

  • Change page theme, text size, and text spacing

    Reduce visual distraction by choosing your preferred Page theme. Choose from a variety of color options. You can also increase your text size and expand the spacing between letters and words.
    Click anywhere on the page, select Text preferences   Immersive reader button for Text Preferences  from the Immersive Reader toolbar, and choose your Text size, Text spacing, and Page theme.

Text preferences menu outlining various options

Note: Text size and spacing options are available for webpages only, not PDFs.

  • Grammar tools

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

    When you’re in Immersive Reader in the Microsoft Edge browser, click or tap anywhere on the page, select Grammar tools  Button to open the Grammar tools menu  from the Immersive Reader toolbar, and then choose your options.

    Options menu for Grammar tools

Note: Grammar tools are available for both webpages and PDFs.

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