Accessibility in Office Lens for iPhone

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Office Lens works with the accessibility features of your iPhone so that anyone can capture notes and information from whiteboards, menus, signs, handwritten memos, or anything with a lot of text. It’s great for capturing sketches, drawings and equations, too, and even images without text.

Your iPhone has accessibility settings that can help you use Office Lens in a way that works for you. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility Settings to turn on features like VoiceOver, Zoom, Speak Selection, and to change the size of text. You can learn more at the Apple Accessibility page.

Immersive Reader

The Immersive Reader is a tool to help you focus on the content of your documents without worrying about the surrounding Office Lens app UI. Clicking Immersive Reader on the Export To page will bring up a full screen reading experience. It can take a few moments to scan texts from images, so don't worry if nothing happens immediately.

Play and Pause or more

When Immersive Reader has loaded, you'll see the text from the images you scanned. You can also use the Play button in the bottom center of the screen to have the page dictated to you. Each word is highlighted as the narrator recites the document aloud. If you want to skip the audio, tap the Skip forward icon to start reading from the bottom of the page. To rewind the audio, tap the Rewind icon. These experiences work best in English.

Immersive Reader controls

Text settings

The Reader has several options to help you consume the text on screen in the way that you want to. Tap the left bottom icon to open the text settings.

  • The Spacing buttons change how the font is spaced out. Regular spacing is the usual spacing seen in most books and documents. Wide spacing, however, increases the space between letters, as well as the space between lines.

    Wide Text Spacing option

  • The Text Size buttons will increase or decrease the size of the text, respectively. You can click these buttons to increase or decrease font size by a small amount. Try this in combination with the text size and see what works for you.

Voice options

The Voice speed menu allows you to change the speaking speed of Immersive Reader. The Speech rate slider lets you control the speed to your personal preference.

Speaking Rate control


VoiceOver is the built-in screen reader on the iPhone. To turn on VoiceOver, triple-click the Home button. If this doesn’t work, ask Siri (“Hey Siri, turn on VoiceOver.”) Or do this:

Turn on VoiceOver

Note: This topic assumes you’re using the default gestures, not customized AssistiveTouch settings.

  1. Press the Home button.

  2. Tap Settings, tap General, tap Accessibility, and then tap VoiceOver.

  3. Turn on VoiceOver.

Create a Home button shortcut to VoiceOver

  1. Press the Home button.

  2. Tap Settings, tap General, and then tap Accessibility.

  3. Scroll down and then tap Accessibility Shortcut.

  4. Tap VoiceOver.

  5. To use the shortcut to turn VoiceOver on or off, press the Home button three times, quickly.

Accessibility information


Technical support for customers with disabilities

Microsoft wants to provide the best possible experience for all our customers. If you have a disability or questions related to accessibility, please contact the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk for technical assistance. The Disability Answer Desk support team is trained in using many popular assistive technologies and can offer assistance in English, Spanish, French, and American Sign Language. Please go to the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk site to find out the contact details for your region.

If you are a government, commercial, or enterprise user, please contact the enterprise Disability Answer Desk.

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