Top tip for an inclusive classroom- Co-Authoring in Word 2016

Learning Tools in Word

Learning Tools are designed to help you improve your reading skills by boosting your ability to pronounce words correctly, to read quickly and accurately, and to understand what you read.

We know from research that reading requires the following abilities:

  • Decoding: The ability to pronounce words the right way.

  • Fluency: The ability to read quickly and accurately.
  • Comprehension: The ability to understand what you read.

Learning Tools in Word can help you develop and enhance your reading abilities.

Note: For more information about the research related to reading, see Learning Tools to improve reading and writing skills.

What's new for Learning Tools

"Inclusive Co-authoring" is the modern way to have all learners engage in a document. Microsoft Word in Office 365 allows students to have a "skin" that renders the document in the way they want.

Word 2016

New to Word is the ability to use Learning Tools features while you edit or write your document. Learning tools adds visual changes, so you can feel confident working on your document and know that it will print as normal and co-authors can still edit the document in the original view.

Available to subscribers in Version 1707 ( Build 8326.2058)

Note: This feature is only available if you have an Office 365 subscription. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, make sure you have the latest version of Office.

Learning Tools in Word 2016 provides the following tools to assist with reading fluency and comprehension.

  • Read Aloud lets you hear your document and see each word highlighted simultaneously in your document.


  • The Syllables command shows the breaks between syllables of words in your content. This can help improve word recognition and pronunciation.


  • The Text Spacing command increases the spacing between words, characters, and lines. This can help you to scan text easily and also aids reading fluency.


  • The Column Width command can be used to change the width of the line length. This helps to reduce the adverse effects of visual crowding and allows improved focus and comprehension on words and characters in a text-rich document.
  • Page Color can be set to be Sepia (pale yellow page with print feel), Inverse (black background with white text) which makes the text easy to scan and consume, or left at None.


Tell us what you think about Learning Tools in Word 2016 and suggest improvements

Submit your suggestions at the Suggestion Box for Word for Windows (Desktop Application)

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