Strategies for using the Microsoft Immersive Reading Tools


Presented at 8:00am in Plaza Court 3 on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.



  • Karen McCall, Senior Advisor, Accessible Document Design, Karlen Communications

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


This session provides information on how accessible the immersive reading tools are for those using screen readers and text-to-Speech tools. Topics include strategies on how to use the immersive reading tools that are available to anyone. This is a lecture and demonstration session.


Although the Microsoft Immersive Reading Tools may be a well-kept secret, they provide a powerful tool for anyone who wants to use them. The immersive reading tools, developed to support success for students with learning, cognitive or print disabilities, can also be used by students with low vision or who use a screen reader. For those who are creating content, being able to see the verbs, adverbs, adjective, and nouns used can help create better content. The ability to isolate lines of text or change the background colours of documents for easier reading helps everyone. When the Immersive Reading Tools are used in combination with Office Lens on iOS devices, text can be scanned and read quickly and more accessibly. This is a lecture and demonstration session.


  1. Identify how to find and use the Immersive Reading Tools in Microsoft applications.
  2. Identify strategies for using one or all of the Immersive Reading Tools.
  3. Identify which components of the Immersive Reading Tools can be used by those using screen readers or TTS t

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Vision

Topic Areas

Assistive Technology, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Karen McCall

Karen McCall, M.Ed. has been working in the field of accessible document design since 1999. She began her career in website accessibility and auditing and moved to accessible Word, PowerPoint and PDF documents in 2004. Karen is:

A Canadian delegate of the ISO 14289 or PDF/UA (Universal Accessibility) committee and has been for a number of years. A Canadian delegate to the ISO 32000 PDF committee. A Microsoft MVP for Word (Most Valued Professional) since 2009. A Microsoft Accessibility MVP since 2017 when this category of MVP was established.

Karen has written several books on the topic of accessible document design for Word, PowerPoint and PDF documents as well as smaller publications with specific techniques for working with Office applications if you are using adaptive technology and/or the keyboard.

Karen is the president of Karlen Communications.