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Read Aloud in Edge Browser - a Great Addition to Support Reading

by Craig Mill

on Thu Apr 07, 2022

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I’m writing this article in response to a query I recently received. I was asked for some advice on reading online news articles for someone with a visual impairment and struggles using a mouse.

They had tried using the free Natural Reader (a text-to-speech tool) but the process of selecting text and clicking the Speak button on Natural Reader was proving to be difficult due to difficulties with fine motor skills.

The Edge browser in Windows 10 and Windows 11 has the built-in Immersive Reader (there’s a short video tutorial here)  which can help with reading articles by simplifying the page layout and changing the background colour etc.

However, Immersive Reader only  tends to work (or enter into reading mode) when it identifies text content on a web page. For example on the BBC website Immersive Reader will only appear in the URL bar when you click through to an actual article.

But what if you want an overview of the front page, what if you want to have a quick skim or listen to the article summaries?

Well, a new feature in Edge is the Read Aloud icon in the URL bar, regardless of whether you are on an article or not, click on the icon (or press the Ctrl + Shift + U shortcut keys) and Read Aloud will happily read the page aloud.

immersive reader icon

Once Read Aloud starts reading, you can just click on the sentence or paragraph you want read – no need to highlight and select text etc.

Read Aloud icon and speech controller

 In fact, on some pages, you also get the choice of both, Read Aloud and/or Immersive Reader.

Immersive reader and read aloud icon

Unfortunately, you can’t use the Scottish voices with Edge but the Sonia voice (in Settings) is very listenable.

Voice options

Why not give it a try? The short video guide below shows you how to do it. The Read Aloud icon (and shortcut key) is a great inclusive addition to Edge.

 

 

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