How to Use Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge

Get rid of all the distractions as you read

Most websites are inundated with various types of content, such as advertisements and video clips, that can distract you from what you're interested in on the page. The Immersive Reader feature (formerly Reading View) in Microsoft Edge removes unwanted distractions, only rendering what you want to see. Learn how to enable Immersive Reader in the Microsoft Edge web browser.

Instructions in this article apply to Microsoft Edge versions 81.0 and newer on the Windows 10 operating system.

How to Turn On Immersive Reader

When active, Immersive Reader makes the content you're reading the focal point in the browser. To switch to Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge, complete the following steps:

Immersive Reader works as expected only on websites that support the feature.

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.

  2. Go to a website that has the content you want to read, such as a news site.

  3. Select the Immersive Reader icon, which looks like a book with a speaker on it, on the right side of the address bar. Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+R.

    If the icon is missing or greyed out, the web page doesn't support the Immersive Reader feature.

    A screenshot of Microsoft Edge with the Immersive Reader icon highlighted
  4. Select the Immersive Reader icon again (or press Ctrl+Shift+R) to turn off Immersive Reader.

When using this feature, the Immersive Reader icon turns blue, and Microsoft Edge reformats the web page to improve its readability and removes navigation elements. The page is formatted to fit the window, and graphics are replaced with an icon and alt text describing the image.

To have Immersive Reader read the web page to you, move the cursor to the top of the browser window or right-click anywhere on the page, and then select Read aloud.

How to Change Immersive Reader Settings

You can tweak some Immersive Reader settings to provide a better experience. To customize the settings, complete the following steps while Immersive Reader is turned on:

  1. Hover at the top of the page to view the Immersive Reader settings.

    A screenshot of Edge with the Immersive Reader controls highlighted
  2. Go to Text preferences, then move the Text size slider to increase or decrease the font size. You can also adjust the text spacing. Under Page themes, select a background color for easier reading.

    A screenshot of Edge with the Text Size slider highlighted
  3. Go to Reading preferences, then use the Line focus setting to help you focus on one, three, or five lines at a time.

    A screenshot of Edge with the Line Focus settings highlighted
  4. Go to Grammar tools, then turn on Syllables to split words into syllables. You can also color-code the nouns, verbs, and adjectives on the page.

    A screenshot of the Grammar Tools options in Edge's Immersive Reader with the Syllables option highlighted
  5. When you're finished customizing the Immersive Reader settings, select the page to continue reading.