Update: This article was written for the original “Legacy Edge” which was the built-in browser for Windows 10. Microsoft has since moved to a Chromium-based version of the browser. Make sure to read our updated article: How to Make Microsoft Edge Read Articles to You.
Microsoft is adding a lot of interesting new features to its Edge web browser in Windows 10. One of the new features allows websites, PDFs, and eBooks to be read aloud to you. Here is a look at how to find, use, and customize the “Read Aloud” feature in Microsoft Edge.
Using the Microsoft Edge Read Aloud Feature
First, here is a look at reading a webpage. Launch Edge and highlight a section of text on a page where you want it to start reading. Then right-click and choose the Read aloud option from the menu.
The computer voice will start reading the text to you and will highlight each word as it’s reading. Also, note there will be a toolbar that comes up at the top. There you can control playback and control other options.
From the controls on the toolbar, you can pause playback or move ahead or back a paragraph. Here you can also change the voice and speed of the reader. There are three default voices to choose from, but you can add others by clicking the “Learn how to add more voices” link. Or, follow the instructions in our article on how to install and change Windows 10 languages.
If you want to have an entire article from a webpage read aloud, it’s best to put it into Reading View. Similar to clutter-free printing in Edge, it strips out the links and ads and just leaves the article. To do that, just click the book icon located in the address bar on the right.
Edge wasn’t much to speak of when first launched in Windows 10. It seemed like it was rushed and in a beta stage. In fact, for the first year, it didn’t even support extensions. A lot of that has changed, though. Now it does support many key extensions and you can use it to read and edit PDFs. You can also use it to read and annotate eBooks – which, by the way, you can purchase from Microsoft.
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