Narrator is a screen-reading app built into Windows 10.
Narrator lets you use your PC without a display or mouse to complete common tasks if youâ€™re blind or have low vision. It reads and interacts with things on the screen, like text and buttons. Use Narrator to read and write email, browse the internet, and work with documents.
Specific commands let you navigate Windows, the web, and apps, as well as get info about the area of the PC you’re in. Navigation is available using headings, links, landmarks, and more. You can read text (including punctuation) by page, paragraph, line, word, and character as well as determine characteristics like font and text color. Efficiently review tables with row and column navigation.
Narrator also has a navigation and reading mode called Scan Mode. Use it to get around Windows 10 using just the up and down arrows on your keyboard. You can also use a braille display to navigate your PC and read text.
Starting with Windows 10 build 18282, Microsoft has made some Narrator verbosity improvements. Microsoft is improving the amount of information you hear while interacting in Windows and you will see these changes filter in throughout future builds. In the current release there is a new Narrator Setting entitled â€śHear advanced information about controls when navigatingâ€ť. When this feature is off you will not hear the advanced information previously spoken on controls. In addition, Tooltips will not be read by default. Use the Narrator Advanced Information command (Narrator + 0) to read a tooltip on a given item. In addition, you will notice that some control information will now begin to speak in a more consistent manner. Checkboxes and radio buttons will be the first controls with this new behavior.
This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off having Narrator auto read advanced information about controls when navigating for your account in Windows 10.