Use Immersive Reader for OneNote

Applies to: OneNote for Windows 10, OneNote 2016, OneNote for the web, OneNote for iOS.

Immersive Reader, part of OneNote Learning Tools, is a full screen reading experience to enhance legibility of content in OneNote documents. Learning Tools is designated for assisting students with dyslexia and dysgraphia in the classroom, but can help anyone who wants to simplify reading on their device.

  1. For OneNote 2013 or 2016, click OneNote, then press Learning Tools > Immersive Reader. For OneNote for Windows 10, Mac, or iPad, enter OneNote, then pick View > Immersive Reader.

For OneNote for the web, go to OneNote.com, open a notebook, then select View > Immersive Reader.

  1. To hear the paragraphs read to you, click Play.
  1. To listen from a precise point on your page, click that word.

Immersive Reader has multiple options to ease reading text from OneNote.

Text options

The Text Options menu helps you:

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Immersive reader menu

OneNote 2013 & 2016

Text Options Menu in Immersive Reader

Parts of speech

Parts of Speech manages grammar highlighting and aids readers’ understanding of complex sentences. Learn more: Highlight parts of speech.

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Immersive reader parts of speech

Reading preferences

Translate options are found under the Picture Dictionary section.

OneNote 2013 & 2016

Parts of Speech menu in Immersive Reader, part of Learning Tools for OneNote.

Reading preferences

Translate options are found under the Picture Dictionary section.

Line Focus allows readers to pinpoint the focus of their reading experience by highlighting groups of one, three, or five lines amongst their selected material in Immersive Reader. Learn more: Turn on line focus

At the moment, this feature is exclusive to OneNote for Windows 10, OneNote for the web, Word for the web, and Outlook Online. 

Line Focus interface

Picture Dictionary offers you the ability to press any single word and have it read aloud.

Picture dictionary

Translate allows you to adjust the language of the text you’re reading.

Translate

Voice options

Manipulate the voice speed and speaker with Voice Options. Learn more: Change the voice in Immersive Reader

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Immersive reader voice speed and gender

OneNote 2013 & 2016

Voice Controls Menu in Immersive Reader,

Shortcut keys for Immersive Reader

Use keyboard shortcuts to explore.

  • Up/Down arrow scrolls line by line;
  • Page Up/Page Down scrolls screen by screen;
  • Left/Right arrow goes to previous/next page in your OneNote Notebook;
  • Esc key exits the reader or menu;
  • Tab skips to the next control in Immersive Reader settings;
  • Space picks the current tool.

Learn more

Languages supporting Syllables and Parts of Speech for the Learning Tools Add-in

Transform speech to text in OneNote

Change text size

Basic tasks in OneNote for Mac

Troubleshooting: Nothing happens when I press play in Immersive Reader

Additional resources for educators

Training

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