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Customize how Excel workbooks appear while you read and edit by using Immersive Reader. Immersive Reader provides options for a comfortable and easy to process experience by allowing you to listen to the text read aloud or adjust how text appears by modifying spacing, color, and more.

Use Immersive Reader in Excel for the web

  1. Select a cell that has text in it.

  2. On the ribbon, select View Immersive Reader. Your document will open in a full screen format.

Starting in Immersive Reader in Excel for the web

Use Immersive Reader

Once your workbook opens within Immersive Reader, you can do one or more of the following, depending on how you want to focus on the content in your document:

  • To hear the paragraphs read to you, select the Play button.

  • To listen from a certain point on your page, select that word.

Immersive Reader_Image

Voice Selection

Select the gear icon to open Voice Settings.

  1. The Voice Speed slider controls the playback speed of the reader. Select Voice Speed, then drag the control to the right or left. 

    1. To move the Voice Speed controls using the keyboard, select the left key button to reduce voice speed and the right key button to increase voice speed.

  2. Select your preference of Male or Female voice.

  3. Press Play to hear your workbook read aloud.


Text Preferences

You can change the appearance of your document by using Text Preferences. The choices you make in text preferences can help remove visual distraction and improve text readability.

The Text Preferences menu lets you:

  • Change text size

  • Reduce crowding between letters

  • Change the font

  • Change background color


Grammar Options

Grammar Options controls grammar highlighting and helps readers understand complex sentences.

Choose what to highlight:

  • Syl·la·bles splits words by showing small dots between syllables.

  • Under Parts of speech, turn on NounsVerbs, Adjectives or Adverbs to highlight every noun, verb, or adjective on the page in a color that corresponds to the color of the label.

    • Turn on Show labels button will display abbreviated Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives or Adverbs on the page in the corresponding color of the label.  


Reading Preferences 

  • Line Focus enables readers to narrow the focus of their reading experience by highlighting sets of one, three, or five lines within their chosen material in Immersive Reader.

            Immersive Reader Line Focus

  • Picture Dictionary gives you the ability to click on any single word and view visual support. You can also hear the word read aloud.

            Immersive Reader Picture Dictionary

  • Translate allows you to view a selected word or the entire document in your preferred language.

            Immersive Reader Translate

Shortcut keys for Immersive Reader

Use keyboard shortcuts to navigate Immersive Reader.

  • Up/Down arrow scrolls line by line in Line Focus mode or scrolls the page up and down without Line Focus mode

  • Esc key closes the reader or menu

  • Tab advances to the next control in Immersive Reader settings

  • Space selects the current tool

Close Immersive Reader

Select the back arrow icon at the top of page or tap Esc on your keyboard to exit Immersive Reader. 


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