Fantasy novels, trending news, or helpful articles, all of them require reading which might be a hassle for those who lack the time and patience to read or are visually impaired. Thankfully, there are easy ways to overcome this issue using Read Aloud which can dictate text on a webpage. We have curated a list of four ways to Read Aloud webpages in the Microsoft Edge browser.
How to Read Aloud Webpages in Microsoft Edge
Read aloud removes the reading barrier so you can listen to your favorite articles while you can focus on other essential tasks. It is built into Microsoft Edge and Windows but if those two options aren’t enough, you can even try out a couple of extensions that we have listed below to read out web pages.
Method 1: Use Read Aloud in Microsoft Edge
Read Aloud is a powerful tool in Microsoft Edge that lets you listen to web pages like you are listening to music. It offers media controls to pause, fast forward, and rewind just like a music player and you get plenty of voice dictation options. Here’s how you can use it.
Step 1: Navigate to the webpage that you want to read.
Step 2: Click on the three dots ⋯ at the top right corner.
Step 3: Select the Read aloud option.
Alternatively, you can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+U to turn on the Read aloud feature.
It will start reading out the contents of the page starting from the top. Read-aloud controls are located at the top of the page.
You can click on Voice options to select from a variety of narrators.
Method 2: Using the Read Aloud Extension
Read Aloud is an open-source extension that converts text to speech. It is fairly easy to use and supports more than 40 languages. The extension lets you listen to any text-related content. You can select a specific line or the whole page. You can also choose different voice packs provided by the browser. Below are the steps to set it up.
Step 1: Download the Read Aloud extension from the Chrome Web Store.
Step 2: Open the webpage you wish to listen to.
Step 3: Click on the extension icon on the top right side of the Edge window.
Step 4: Select the Read Aloud extension to read out the webpage.
A window will open, and the yellow highlighted text will be read out.
You have controls to Play, Pause, Forward, or Go back at the top of the window.
On the bottom left side, you will find controls to increase or decrease the text size.
And in the bottom right side, you have options to increase or decrease the size of the window itself.
How to Configure the Read Aloud Extension
Step 5: Click on the extension icon.
Step 6: Next click on three dots ⋯ next to the Read Aloud extension.
Step 7: Select Extension options from the list.
Here, you can change the voice packs, pitch, speed, and volume.
Method 3: Using the Pronounce Extension
Another easy-to-use extension that you can use to turn text into speech is Pronounce. Pronounce will read out selected text on any website. Unlike the Read Aloud extension. This extension aims to improve pronunciation by reading out words. It also offers multiple voice options so you can learn and understand different accents. Let us look at how it works.
Step 1: Download the Pronounce extension from the Chrome Web Store.
Step 2: Head over to the website and select the text you want to read.
Step 3: Now right-click and click on the Pronounce option.
Pronounce will start reading out the selected text. It offers limited but essential reading options. You can change the voice pack and the reading speed from the extension.
How to Access Voice and Speed Options in Pronounce Extension
Step 4: Click on the extension icon at the top right.
Step 5: Now, click on the Pronounce extension.
This will open the extension window. Here you will find options to Play/Stop reading, voice packs, and options to change reading speed.
This brings us to the end of our list of methods to Read Aloud webpages in Microsoft Edge. The Read Aloud feature itself is a nice accessibility addition to the Edge browser and is appreciated by those who have reading problems. I hope this feature becomes available on more web browsers soon. Stay tuned to Browser To Use for more such articles, guides, and How To’s.