Browser Features You May Not Be Using – Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge Icon

Today, I start a series called “Browser Features You May Not Be Using.” In each of these posts, I will select a particular browser and show you some features of which you may be unaware. We’ll start with Microsoft Edge.

Immersive Reader

This feature doesn’t show up when you’re searching or on a page with tons of stories. However, if you click on one of the articles, on the right side of the address bar, you’ll see this:

Microsoft Edge right-side address bar icons - a browser feature you may not be using.

You should be familar with the Star icon – that’s how you mark a page a Favorite (aka Bookmark). The Immersive Reader is the center icon. If you click or tap it, you’ll then see this:

Micrsoft Edge - the Immersive Reader Toolbar

Read Aloud and Text Preferences

Starting on the left, you’ll see “Read aloud.” (You might notice that this same icon appears in the original menu to the left of the Immersive Reader. If you only want to have the page read to you, click or tap that icon instead of the Reader icon.) Next, “Text preferences.” If you choose that option, this menu will appear:

Microsoft Edge - the Text Preferences menu

As you can see, you can choose text size, spacing, font, column style and themes. I’m not going to show each of these because I want you to experiment for yourself!

Grammar Tools

If you move on to “Grammar tools,” you’ll see this:

Microsoft Edge - the Grammar Tools menu

How cool is this menu? You can highlight parts of speech and you can even pick the colors you want to use.

Reading Preferences

The fourth option over is “Reading preferences.” Let’s look at that menu:

Microsoft Edge - The Reading Preferences menu

Turning on these options allows you to focus on a few lines, use a picture dictionary and even translate the page.

Unpin The Toolbar

The final option is a Pin icon. If you click or tap it, the toolbar will disappear and won’t return until you click somewhere on the page.

Immersive Reader Examples

Let’s look at some examples of the Microsoft Edge Immersive Reader. While these images are small, just click or tap on a photo and it will show you the full photo. We’ll start with a normal article:

Screenshot of the page I am working with.

In the article above (remember, you can click or tap it to see it larger), I put a rectangle around the icons on the right side of the address bar to highlight them for you. Now, if you were to select the Immersive Reader icon, the page would appear like this:

Screenshot of the page in Immersive Reader Mode

Text Preferences Example

Notice that the page is more readable with fewer distractions than on the original page. Once again, I’ve used a rectangle to highlight the Immersive Reader toolbar.

Using the Text Preferences I explained above, I changed the page to look like this:

Screenshot of the changes I made using  the Text Preferences menu

I changed the font, the font size and the theme (after all, yellow is my favorite color!)

Grammar Tools Example

Using the Grammar Tools, I wanted to highlight the nouns in green and the verbs in orange. This is what I got:

Screenshot of the changes made when I used the Grammar Tools menu

Reading Preferences Example

When I turned on the Picture option and went to the word “sports,” a star appeared. I clicked the star and got this:

Screenshot of the Reading Preferences Picture option

When I turned on Line Focus, I saw this:

Screenshot of the Reading Preferences Line Focus option

Finally, I translated the page into Spanish:

Scrteenshot of the Reading Preferences translate option

Now It’s Your Turn

It’s now your turn to try these features. Oh, you don’t use Microsoft Edge? Have no fear, this series will continue with Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera. Still, if you have Edge – even if you don’t normally use it – give it a try.

By the way, if you’d like to visit the same page I used in this post, you can find it HERE.


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John Grubb

I've been working on computers since 1983! I love helping people resolve their computing issues and sharing preventative measures, as well.

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