Use Learning Tools in the Edge browser

Learning Tools are built into the Windows 10 Edge browser, adding more options for readers in your class to interact with texts. Use Learning Tools in Edge to hear any webpage, PDF, or ePub read out loud while following along with the words on screen. Readers can also boost text readability by adjusting font and line spacing in ePub books. 

Reading view in Edge now has Learning Tools features such as Read aloud, page colors, text size, syllables, and parts of speech highlighting.

Reading view options

Reading view in Edge simplifies the layout of text and images, reducing distractions and allowing students to choose how they want to read online publications. Select Reading view Reading Preferences   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.

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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 settings. Voice settings allow you to select from different Microsoft voices as well as change the speed of the reader.

Read aloud controls: Back, pause, forward, voice settings, and exit.

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 Read aloud.

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Availability: Read aloud is available for webpages, PDFs, and ePubs. 

  • Change page color, text size, and text spacing.

    Reduce visual distraction by choosing your preferred background color: white, taupe, or black (with white text). You can also increase your text size and expand the spacing between letters and words. Simply click anywhere on the page and select Text size and spacing, font style, and page theme (insert icon).

    Text size, theme options, and text spacing menu

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

  • Pick your font (in ePubs only) 

    Choose from a variety of font styles and read ePubs how they look best to you.

    Note: alternate font options are not available for webpages and 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 Reading view or reading ePub books in the Edge browser, click or tap anywhere on the page, select Grammar tools (insert icon) and then choose your options.

    Grammar options menu

    Note: Grammar tools are available for webpages, PDFs, and ePubs.

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