Narrator is Windows’ built in screen reader which can be accessed to describe on screen text and icons and assist with using apps, email and web browsing for those who are blind or have low vision.
- A quick way to get started is to press the Windows Logo Key + Ctrl + Enter. Narrator will start to describe the current screen focus. Press the same keyboard combination to turn Narrator off.
- Another way to start Narrator is to press Windows Logo Key + Ctrl + N. In the Ease of Access, Narrator section, toggle the Narrator button to on.
- Settings > Ease of Access > Narrator > Hear text and controls on the screen > Narrator
- Narrator can also be started through the Ease of Access Centre in the Control Panel. Press the spacebar to select the highlighted ‘Start Narrator’ tool.
- Control Panel > Ease of Access Centre > Make your computer easier to use > Start Narrator
Viewing Narrator settings
- Press Windows Logo Key + Ctrl + N to view the Narrator settings in the Settings app.
- Settings > Ease of Access > Narrator
- Here you can set a number of options. You can start Narrator automatically when the computer starts up.
- Settings > Ease of Access > Narrator > Hear text and controls on the screen > Start narrator automatically
- You can choose from a default selection of male and female voices, set the voice speaking rate and determine voice pitch placement in the Voice section.
- Settings > Narrator > Voice > Choose a voice/Speed/Pitch
- The tab keys and cursor keys (sometimes referred to as the arrow keys) can be used to perform simple keyboard navigation to move around the apps and web pages.
For a comprehensive list of additional Narrator keyboard shortcuts refer to the Microsoft Accessibility pages. Here are a few to get started with
|Narrator Keyboard Shortcuts|
|Windows logo key + Ctrl + Enter||Start or exit Narrator|
|Caps lock and Esc||Exit Narrator|
|Windows logo key + Ctrl + N||Open Narrator Settings|
|Caps lock and Right arrow||Move to next item|
|Caps lock and Left arrow||Move to previous item|
|Caps lock + F1||Show Narrator commands list|
|Caps lock + F2||Show commands for current item|
|Caps lock + Page up or Page down||Increase or decrease voice volume|
|Caps lock + Plus (+) or Minus (-)||Increase or decrease voice speed|
|Caps lock + D||Read item|
|Caps lock + W||Read window|
|Caps lock + R||Start reading|
|Caps lock + M||Start reading a document|
Fig.6 Narrator Keyboard shortcuts.