How to Use Immersive Reader in Google Docs, Step-by-Step Guide

Robert James
10 min

1. Install the Helperbird Google Docs Addon

If you haven't already you will need to install the Helperbird Google Docs & Google Slides Add-on.

This can be done by following this link to the Google Workspace Marketplace.

2. How to Open the Helperbird Addon

Screenshot of a Google Docs interface showing the 'Extensions' menu selected, with a submenu visible. The submenu highlights the 'Apps Script' option. On the right side of the screen, a sidebar is open with the 'Helperbird for Docs™' add-on expanded, displaying 'Help' and 'More' as clickable options."

  • Go to the Extensions menu at the top of the Google Docs.
  • In the dropdown menu, navigate to Helperbird.
  • Click on Helperbird for Docs™ to expand it if it's not already expanded.
  • Within the expanded 'Helperbird for Docs™' section, you can then click on 'Help' or any other available options to interact with the addon as needed.

3. Using Immersive Reader in Google Docs

  • Now that Helperbird Google Docs add-on is open.
  • Highlight the text in your document that you want the Immersive Reader to read.
  • Look at the Helperbird sidebar on the right side of your screen.
  • In the Quick actions section of the Helperbird sidebar, find the Use immersive reader button, which is represented by an icon with a book and a speaker.
  • Click on the 'Use immersive reader' icon to activate the Immersive reader for the selected text.

Screenshot of an open Google Docs document with a block of text selected. On the right side, the 'Helperbird for Docs™' sidebar is displayed with a section titled 'Quick actions'. Under 'Quick actions', there are various tool options, including the highlighted 'Use immersive reader' button, which features an icon with a book and a speaker. Other tool icons are also visible, such as text-to-speech and font adjustment options.

4. Immersive Reader is open

  • The selected text will now appear in the Immersive Reader within the Helperbird sidebar.
  • You can customize your reading experience using the options available at the top of the Immersive Reader.
  • To begin listening to the text being read aloud, click the Play button at the bottom of the Immersive Reader panel.

Screenshot of the Helperbird add-on's 'Immersive Reader' feature activated within Google Docs. The document text 'Mr. Dursley' is magnified in a separate overlay to the right, with each word enlarged and individually highlighted. Below the magnified text, there's a 'Play' button indicating the start of the text-to-speech function. The Helperbird sidebar is visible, showing the 'Immersive Reader' header and the text magnification feature in use.

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