PowerPoint and OneDrive to gain Immersive Reader support this year

Immersive Reader
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What you need to know

  • PowerPoint and OneDrive will soon support Immersive Reader.
  • Immersive Reader makes content easier to read for people with Dyslexia.
  • October is Dyslexia Awareness Month.

Microsoft's Immersive Reader is rolling out to more of the company's apps later this year. Over the next few months, PowerPoint and OneDrive will gain support for Immersive Reader. Additionally, students can enable Immersive Reader within OneNote Forms now. Microsoft outlines Immersive Reader support in a new post.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, and October 2020 is also the 75th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Immersive Reader was originally created to help people with Dyslexia, though the program has evolved to also help in other areas.

Immersive Reader allows you to customize the look of text. You can try out the tool on Microsoft Edge to see the options it provides. It can highlight and label parts of speech, change the size and theme of text, focus on specific lines, and has several other ways to make reading easier.

Adding Immersive Reader support to PowerPoint is one of the most requested features, according to Microsoft. When support rolls out, you'll be able to select text from any PowerPoint slide and open the text with Immersive Reader. The notes section of each slide will also support Immersive Reader.

Before the end of this year, you'll be able to view OneDrive documents with Immersive Reader as well.

Immersive Reader support for OneNote Forms is already available, allowing you to read through content within Forms more easily.

Sean Endicott
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