What is Immersive Reader?
Immersive reader is a free, built-in tool for many Microsoft applications, such as Word, Teams, Outlook and even Minecraft. The tool is meant to aid people with reading or language difficulty, helping them process on-screen text. People with dyslexia, autism, or partial blindness can use the various aspects of Immersive Reader to quickly and effectively read, without needing to download or calibrate confusing or large outside applications.
How can Immersive Reader help?
Immersive Reader has a number of useful functions that can aid in reading. First, the Enhanced Dictation feature can allow those with difficulty typing to speak their preferred text aloud, to be effectively copied onto the page. The Font Spacing function can enlarge the spaces between words and lines, as well as shorten lines, allowing those with vision difficulties, dyslexia, or autism the space necessary to fully comprehend the text. The Syllabification function helps users understand new or confusing words, and the Parts of Speech function helps users understand complex sentences. Read Aloud Math helps users understand math problems by speaking the equations aloud, bypassing hard to read math problems. Finally, the Real-Time Translation function is particularly useful for users operating in a non-native language, as it can translate sentences in real-time as they are being read!
Where can I find Immersive Reader?
You can download Immersive Reader to your computer from the Microsoft Education Center!
The app is free, and should be compatible with your Microsoft applications and products.