How to enable read aloud in Microsoft Edge

Madalina Dinita
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  • Edge is the default tool that Windows 10 uses to open PDF files.
  • The browser also supports a series of interesting features, including text-to-speech.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader is another excellent tool you can use to have your computer read PDF documents aloud.
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Ebooks play an important role in the Windows 10 ecosystem. Microsoft already supports native ebooks integration into the OS. Up until April 2019, the Microsoft Store also hosted a special ebook section.

Windows 10 takes the native ebook experience to a new level as the Edge browser can now read your ebooks aloud. To enable text-to-speech in Microsoft Edge, press the Read aloud button located at the top-right corner of the browser, sit back, relax, and listen. Edge will also highlight the words being read along.

QUICK TIP: If you’re looking for a reliable tool to read your ebooks aloud, we recommend Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. Keep in mind the read-aloud feature is only available in the Adobe Acrobat Reader desktop version.

To personalize Adobe’s accessibility features, go to Edit > Accessibility > Setup Assistant and launch the Accessibility Setup Assistant.

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Let Microsoft Edge read your ebooks aloud

This new feature also supports all non-store EPUB files. For the time being, the list of supported languages is limited to the following languages: r-EG, ca-ES, da-DK, de-DE, en-AU, en-CA, en-GB, en-IN, en-US, es-ES, es-MX, fi-FI, fr-CA, fr-FR, it-IT, ja-JP, nb-NO, nl-BE, nl-NL, pt-BR, pt-PT, sv-SE, tr-TR, zh-CN.

Here’s how the Redmond giant describes the new in-browser ebook reading experience:

Last week many of you asked about this and we are proud to announce that Microsoft Edge will now read aloud your e-books! Just press the “read aloud” button at the top-right corner after opening one of your e-books and listen to Microsoft Edge read you the book with focus on the line and the word being read along.

The new ebook section allows users to modify the font and size of the text and create bookmarks. You can use the table of contents or seek bar at the bottom of the browser to navigate through your ebook collection and ask Cortana to define specific words. You can also use Edge to read your favorite ebooks even when you’re offline.

If you are interested in using a dedicated eBook reader (also referenced to as ePub reader) software for your Windows 10 device, do check out our list with 10 best tools to use. Have you tested out the new Microsoft Edge ebook experience? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

FAQ: Learn more about ebooks

  • Does Adobe Acrobat have text to speech?

The Adobe Acrobat Reader desktop version supports text-to-speech and can read PDFs out loud.

  • Can Microsoft Word read aloud?

All the programs in the Microsoft Office Suite, including Microsoft Word, can read text aloud thanks to the built-in text-to-speech feature.

  • How do you stop the read aloud in Edge?

To disable the read-aloud feature in Microsoft Edge, simply press the CTRL-key. To turn off the Narrator completely, go to the Settings app, and toggle off the Narrator option.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2017 and has since been updated for freshness and accuracy.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in January 2017 and was revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.