Enhancing Accessibility with Immersive Reader

The Microsoft Immersive Reader is a free tool, built into Word, OneNote, Outlook, Office Lens, Microsoft Teams, Forms, Flipgrid, Minecraft: Education Edition and the Edge browser, that implement proven techniques to improve reading and writing for people regardless of their age or ability. See a full demo of this tool below and see how it provides access to content for all learners.

Using Immersive Reader within Microsoft teams

Hear posts, chat messages, and assignments read aloud using Immersive Reader in Microsoft Teams for Education. Immersive Reader also includes grammar tools such as Parts of Speech and Picture Dictionary.

Launch Immersive Reader from a message

  1. Hover over a message with your cursor or tap with your finger on a touch screen device.
  2. Select More options More options icon , and then Immersive Reader Icon for Immersive Reader.

Immersive Reader will launch as a full-screen experience.

Launch Immersive Reader from an assignment

If you’re a student, open an assignment and select Immersive Reader Icon for Immersive Reader .

If you’re an educator, open an assignment and select Student view, then Immersive Reader Icon for Immersive Reader.

Immersive Reader will launch as a full-screen experience.

Launch Immersive Reader features

You can do one or more of the following in Immersive Reader, depending on how you’d like to focus on the message or assignment text.

Select Play to hear your document read aloud and to see the text highlighted simultaneously. The narrator starts reading from the top of your page by default, unless you have selected a word, in which case it will start reading from the selected word. Select Pause to stop narration. Select Voice Options on the top right of the document to change the speed of narration.

Text Options   

You can change the appearance of your document by using Text Options. Text options can help you focus on your content and remove visual distraction.

Set Text SizeSpacingFont, and Themes that suit your learning needs. You can increase or decrease text size and the amount of spacing between letters and words. The Theme color you select becomes the background color of the document.

Switch on Show Source Formatting to retain formatting from the original text, such as bolding or underlining.

Parts of Speech in Grammar Options   

Select one or more of the following options:

  • Syllables to break words into syllables.
  • Nouns to highlight nouns in your document in purple.
  • Verbs to highlight verbs in your document in red.
  • Adjectives to highlight adjectives in your document in green.
  • Adverbs to highlight adverbs in your document in yellow.Switch on Show labels to see the label underneath the highlighted parts of speech.

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.

Picture Dictionary gives you the ability to click on any single word to hear it read aloud and see a picture that helps define the word.

Translate lets you translate your text into other languages by word or document.

Select Close to exit Immersive Reader.