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Immersive Reader returns to OneNote

Immersive Reader, as seen in Word and older versions of OneNote, is returning to the latest releases of OneNote

It’s a worthwhile tool to use, designed for those with dysgraphia or dyslexia, but perfect as well for those wanting to improve their reading experience.  Here we’ll be using OneNote for the Web as an example, but you’ll find it is similar to the other OneNote releases.

Start Immersive Reader

Go to View | Immersive Reader

Customize Options

On the top right-hand corner, you will find three icons: Text preferences, Grammar options and Reading preferences.

Text Preferences

From one location, you can change the size of the text, spacing between letters, font style – Calibri, Sitka, or even the dreaded Comic Sans, and background color.

Grammar Options

You can enable syllables and parts of speech here. Whenever you enable a toggle, you will be able to choose a color for the selected parts of speech, including nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. In addition, you can enable Labels, which displays the part of speech abbreviation above a word.

Reading Preferences

The Line Focus option can be set to one, three, or five lines. Additionally, you can enable the Picture Dictionary and use the Translate function, which supports dozens of languages.

Read Aloud

Simply click the play button to have the text read out to you. Press the pause button anytime to stop at anytime. Each word that is read out will be highlighted on the page.

Voice Settings

Here you can adjust the voice speed, towards the turtle obviously meaning a slower speed and the rabbit as the faster speed.

Once you’re done using the tool, simply select the arrow in the top left corner to exit out of the Immersive Reader.

Who gets it?

Immersive Reader used to be included in the Learning Tools in previous versions of OneNote like OneNote 2013 and 2016.

It’s now available in OneNote for the web.

Immersive Reader is rolling out to OneNote for Windows, starting with Insiders and later public releases. Look for the button on the View tab.

It seems the feature is currently missing for OneNote for Windows Desktop, so you might not see it available just yet, but it will be rolling out soon.

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