Translate Pages in Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge

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How to Translate Pages in Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft has updated the Immersive Reader feature in the Edge browser with an ability to translate pages into your native language before reading them. Here's how to enable this feature.

Chromium-based Microsoft Edge includes Immersive Reader mode, formerly known as Reading View in the classic Edge Legacy. It allows removing unnecessary elements from a web page, making it perfect for reading.

Most of the popular web browsers today include a special mode that perfectly suits for reading. Such mode is available out of the box in  Firefox and Vivaldi, and can be enabled in Google Chrome.

In Microsoft Edge, it is called Immersive Reader. When enabled, it strips out unnecessary elements from the opened web page, reflows the text and turns it into a cleaner looking text document without ads, menus and scripts, so the user can focus on reading the text content. Edge will render the text on the page with a new font and formatting.

This reading view in Microsoft includes a number of exclusive features, such as Picture Dictionary. Picture Dictionary displays a small descriptive image for a selected word, giving visual definition.

Another feature is Translate. Powered by Bing, it can be used to translate any page opened in Immersive Reader to a different language. Here is how to use it.

To Translate Pages in Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge,

  1. Update the Microsoft Edge browser to the actual version (see below).
  2. Open a web page to test the feature, e.g. an article on Winaero.
  3. Turn on the Immersive Reader feature (Press F9).
  4. In Immersive Reader, click on Reading preferences.
  5. Under Translate, select the desired language you want to translate the page to.
  6. Turn on the option Translate entire page.

You are done. The Edge browser will translate the text to the language you have selected.

Actual Edge Versions

Download Microsoft Edge

You can download pre-release Edge version for Insiders from here:

Download Microsoft Edge Insider Preview

The stable version of the browser is available on the following page:

Download Microsoft Edge Stable

Microsoft Edge is now a Chromium-based browser with a number of exclusive features like Read Aloud and services tied to Microsoft instead of Google. The browser has already received a few updates, with support for ARM64 devices in Edge Stable 80. Also, Microsoft Edge is still supporting a number of aging Windows versions, including Windows 7, which has recently reached its end of support. Check out Windows Versions Supported by Microsoft Edge Chromium and Edge Chromium latest roadmap. Finally, interested users can download MSI installers for deployment and customization.

For pre-release versions, Microsoft is currently using three channels to deliver updates to Edge Insiders. The Canary channel receives updates daily (except Saturday and Sunday), the Dev channel is getting updates weekly, and the Beta channel is updated every 6 weeks. Microsoft is going to support Edge Chromium on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, alongside macOS, Linux (coming in the future) and mobile apps on iOS and Android. Windows 7 users will receive updates until July 15, 2021.

You will find many Edge tricks and features covered in the following post:

Hands-on with the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge

Also, see the following updates.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

2 thoughts on “Translate Pages in Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge”

  1. The translate feature is not there yet in my Edge Version 83.0.478.37 (stable). But thanks very much for telling us where it will appear. The F9 shortcut will be really nice.

    Why has Microsoft dumbed down Edge’s version numbers and release dates?
    * My version is 83.0.478.37 (More –> Settings –> About). I thought I must have the wrong version, so I went to the official stable download webpage and found many screenfuls of really irritating marketing, but no version number, and no release date.
    * I downloaded from the page, and the file I received was MicrosoftEdgeSetup.exe — no version.
    * When I looked at the EXE file’s metadata, it said that it was version, which has no relation whatsoever to 83.0.478.37.
    * I installed it — which took a while because the EXE file was only a stub — but my installed version remained at 83.0.478.37. This means that I had already installed this version using internal updating, and I had wasted my time downloading.

    How is the user supposed to know:
    * what the latest version is,
    * what its release date is,
    * where he can download the EXE file (not the stub),
    * and above all, whether the version is a later version than already installed?

  2. Thanks for this. It is working well for me. When you use Immersive Reader in an office application, you can translate a small selection of the text, by NOT toggling on Translate whole page. You can also listen to words in both languages in the picture dictionary feature. Why are these not working for me in any of my browser applications. Picture dictionary is only text, and only the whole text can be translated. Any ideas??

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