Narrator

How to Change Minimize Narrator Home to Taskbar or System Tray in Windows 10

Narrator is a screen-reading app built into Windows 10.

Starting with Windows 10 build 18298, Narrator Home replaced Narrator QuickStart. Every time you turn on Narrator, you will be taken to Narrator Home by default, which gives you one place where you can access everything you need for Narrator—whether you want to change your settings or learn Narrator basics with QuickStart.

If you turn off show Narrator Home when Narrator starts, then Narrator Home will be minimized by default when Narrator starts.

Narrator Home will minimize to the system tray by default, but you can select to minimize Narrator Home to either the taskbar or system tray (notification area) by default for what you want.

This tutorial will show you how to change Narrator Home to minimize to the taskbar or system tray (notification area) by default for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Add and Remove Speech Voices in Windows 10

In Windows 10, you can add and remove voice packages for a language for your device and apps. For example, text-to-speech (TTS) voices for Narrator.

Starting in Windows 10 build 18309, you can download additional voices in other languages without having to download language packs.

See also: Appendix A: Supported languages and voices | Windows Support

This tutorial will show you how to add and remove voice packages for a text-to-speech (TTS) language for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Narrator Auto Read Advanced Info about Controls in Windows 10

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 you’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 “Hear advanced information about controls when navigating”. 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.

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How to Change Keyboard Shortcuts for Narrator Commands in Windows 10

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 you’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.

If you like, you can change the keyboard shortcut used for Narrator commands to customize them how you want.

This tutorial will show you how to change and restore default keyboard shortcuts for Narrator commands for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Narrator Caps Lock Warnings while Typing in Windows 10

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 you’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.

Starting with Windows 10 build 18272, Narrator will now alert you when you are accidentally typing with Caps Lock turned on. The setting is on by default.

It will work even if you have character echo option (“Hear characters as you type”) disabled, and it will work in edit fields as well as password field. By default, Narrator will always alert you regardless of presses of the Shift key as you type alphabetic characters. But you can choose to only be alerted when you press the Shift key together with an alphabetic character, or you can disable the feature altogether.

In this initial release, the sound effect you hear will sound like the standard Narrator error sound effect which Microsoft is working on improving.

This tutorial will show you how to change when you receive Narrator Caps Lock ON warnings while typing for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Read by Sentence in Narrator in Windows 10

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 you’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.

Starting with Windows 10 build 18262, you can now read next, current and previous sentences in Narrator. Read by sentence is available with the keyboard and with touch. Sentence is also now a new Narrator view.

This tutorial will show you how to read next, current and previous sentences in Narrator in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Send Diagnostic Data about Narrator in Windows 10

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 you’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.

Finally, you can personalize Narrator’s voice to adjust the speaking rate, pitch, and volume as well as install some third-party text-to-speech voices.

If you like, you can turn on send additional diagnostic and performance data to Microsoft to help make Narrator better when you press Narrator+E to give feedback about Narrator.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off sending additional diagnostic and performance data about Narrator to Microsoft for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Customize Narrator Cursor Settings in Windows 10

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 you’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.

Finally, you can personalize Narrator’s voice to adjust the speaking rate, pitch, and volume as well as install some third-party text-to-speech voices.

This tutorial will show you how to customize the Narrator cursor settings for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Customize Narrator Voice in Windows 10

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 you’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.

Finally, you can personalize Narrator’s voice to adjust the speaking rate, pitch, and volume as well as install some third-party text-to-speech voices.

This tutorial will show you how to change the voice, voice speed, voice pitch, and voice volume of Narrator for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Change Narrator Keyboard Layout in Windows 10

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 you’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.

Finally, you can personalize Narrator’s voice to adjust the speaking rate, pitch, and volume as well as install some third-party text-to-speech voices.

Starting with Windows 10 build 17692, there is a new Standard keyboard layout for Narrator that is designed to be more familiar to screen reader users.

This tutorial will show you how to change the Narrator keyboard layout to Standard or Legacy for your account in Windows 10.

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Enable or Disable Win+Ctrl+Enter Shortcut Key to Turn Narrator On or Off in Windows 10

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 you’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.

Finally, you can personalize Narrator’s voice to adjust the speaking rate, pitch, and volume as well as install some third-party text-to-speech voices.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Win+Ctrl+Enter keyboard shortcut to turn Narrator on or off for your account in Windows 10.

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How Turn On or Off Automatically Start Narrator before Sign-in in Windows 10

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 you’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.

Finally, you can personalize Narrator’s voice to adjust the speaking rate, pitch, and volume as well as install some third-party text-to-speech voices.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to automatically start Narrator before sign-in for all users in Windows 10.

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How Turn On or Off Automatically Start Narrator after Sign-in in Windows 10

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 you’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.

Finally, you can personalize Narrator’s voice to adjust the speaking rate, pitch, and volume as well as install some third-party text-to-speech voices.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to automatically start Narrator after sign-in for your account in Windows 10.

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Turn On or Off Showing Narrator QuickStart Guide at Narrator Startup in Windows 10

Narrator is a screen-reading app built into Windows 10.

Starting with Windows 10 build 17704, when Narrator launches, a new Quickstart tutorial experience will be available. The Narrator Quickstart will help you get up and running quickly with Narrator. It teaches the basics of using Narrator, such as learning the keys on your keyboard, navigation, the most used commands etc. At the end of the Quickstart there is a link to the User Guide where you can continue learning about Narrator.

Narrator QuickStart will show by default when the Heads up! Narrator keyboard changes message is closed.

When the Narrator Quickstart launches, Scan Mode may not reliably be on by default. Microsoft recommends going through the Quickstart with Scan Mode on. To verify that Scan Mode is on, press Caps Lock + Space.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off showing the Narrator QuickStart guide at the startup of Narrator for your account in Windows 10.

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Turn On or Off Showing Narrator Keyboard Changes at Narrator Startup in Windows 10

Narrator is a screen-reading app built into Windows 10.

When you turn on Narrator, a Heads up! Narrator keyboard changes message will show by default at the startup of Narrator. This “Heads up” message lets you know about any Narrator keyboard layout changes.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off showing the Heads up! Narrator keyboard changes message at the startup of Narrator for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Change Accessibility Tool to Launch in Windows 8 and Windows 10

When you press the Windows button and Volume up button together on your tablet in Windows 8 or Windows 10, you can start an accessibility tool.

Narrator is the default accessibility tool that will be launched.

This tutorial will show you how to change which accessibility tool you would like to be launched when pressing the Windows and Volume up buttons for your account in Windows 8 and Windows 10.

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