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Enable or Disable Show Narrator Home when Narrator Starts in Windows 11

Narrator lets you use your PC without a 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.

Every time you turn on Narrator you’ll go to Narrator Home, which gives you one place where you can open everything you need, whether you want to change your Narrator settings or learn basics with QuickStart. The links at Narrator Home include QuickStart, Narrator guide (which takes you to this online user guide), What’s New, Settings, and Feedback. You can also control whether Narrator Home opens when Narrator starts in Narrator settings or by using the checkbox on Narrator home.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off show Narrator Home when Narrator starts for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Narrator Keyboard Shortcut in Windows 11

Narrator lets you use your PC without a 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.

You can use the Win+Ctrl+Enter keyboard shortcut to toggle Narrator on or off.

If you like, you can disable the Narrator keyboard shortcut to prevent mistakenly turning on or off Narrator with it.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the Narrator keyboard shortcut for your account in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Narrator in Windows 11

Narrator is a screen-reading app that’s built into Windows 11, so there’s nothing you need to download or install.

Narrator lets you use your PC without a 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. Navigation is available using headings, links, landmarks, and more. You can read text (including punctuation) by page, paragraph, line, sentence, 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 11 using just the up and down arrows on your keyboard. You can also use a braille display to navigate your PC and read text.

You can also customize the speaking rate, pitch, and volume of the voice that Narrator uses, and install other text-to-speech voices.

Every time you turn on Narrator you’ll go to Narrator Home, which gives you one place where you can open everything you need, whether you want to change your Narrator settings or learn basics with QuickStart. The links at Narrator Home include QuickStart, Narrator guide, What’s New, Settings, and Feedback. You can also control whether Narrator Home opens when Narrator starts in Narrator settings or by using the checkbox on Narrator home.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Narrator for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Pop-up Description for Folder and Desktop Items in Windows 11

When you hover over a file, folder, drive, or desktop items in Windows, a pop-up description (infotip) will show displaying basic property details (metadata) of the item such as Date created, Size, Folders and Files a folder contains, etc…

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable show pop-up descriptions for folder and desktop items for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Run App in Compatibility Mode in Windows 11

Most apps (and other programs, like games or utilities) that were created for earlier versions of Windows will work in the most recent version of Windows 11, but some older ones might run poorly or not at all.

You can use compatibility mode to run the program using settings from an earlier version of Windows. Try this setting if you know the program is designed for (or worked with) a specific version of Windows.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable always running an app in compatibility mode for your account or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Color of Translucent Selection Rectangle in Windows 11

The translucent selection rectangle is the box you see when you left click and hold, and then drag the pointer over items to select them when you release the left click.

The border color of the selection rectangle is solid blue by default.

The color inside the selection rectangle is a translucent version of the solid blue color by default.

If you like, you can change the border and/or inside color to the same or different custom color(s) of your choice.

This tutorial will show you how to change the color of the translucent selection rectangle for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on Desktop in Windows 11

Windows uses drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop by default.

Depending on if your desktop background is light or dark, using drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop may make reading the icon label easier or harder.

If harder, then you can turn off use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop to remove the drop shadows.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable using drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Translucent Selection Rectangle on Desktop in Windows 11

The translucent selection rectangle is the box you see when you left click and hold, and then drag the pointer over items to select them when you release the left click.

If you like, you can turn off showing the translucent selection rectangle on your desktop.

When the translucent selection rectangle is turned off for the desktop, you will only see an outline selection rectangle on the desktop instead.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off show translucent selection rectangle on the desktop for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Expand or Collapse Group in File Explorer in Windows 11

In Windows, you can change the group by view of a folder in File Explorer to have all items in the folder grouped by the name, date, date modified, size, type, total size (build 22494), and more file detail you want, and have all items in the folder arranged in ascending (alphabetical ) or descending order.

When you have a folder’s contents in groups, you can expand (show) or collapse (hide) a group or all groups in the opened folder window.

This tutorial will show you how to expand or collapse groups in File Explorer for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Align Icons to Grid on Desktop in Windows 11

The desktop (Win+D) is your home screen and working space in Windows that contains the taskbar and any icons (ex: shortcuts, files, folders, etc…) you add to and arrange on the desktop.

If you turn on Align icons to grid, your desktop icons will automatically be snapped into place on an invisible grid on your screen. The grid keeps the icons aligned with each other to prevent them from overlapping.

If you turn off Align icons to grid, your desktop icons will no longer be snapped into place by grid.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off align desktop icons to grid for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Auto Arrange Icons on Desktop in Windows 11

The desktop (Win+D) is your home screen and working space in Windows that contains the taskbar and any icons (ex: shortcuts, files, folders, etc…) you add to and arrange on the desktop.

If you turn on Auto arrange icons, your desktop icons will automatically be arranged in columns starting along the left side of your screen.

If you turn off Auto arrange icons, you can arrange your desktop icons how and where you like on the desktop.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off auto arrange desktop icons for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Suggested Actions in Windows 11

Starting with Windows 11 build 25525, you can try out a new Suggested Actions feature for making everyday tasks quicker in Windows 11 through inline suggested actions. When you copy a date, time, or phone number, Windows will suggest actions relevant to you such as creating calendar events or making phone calls with your favorite apps.

  • On copying a phone number, Windows will pop up an inline light dismissible UI that suggests ways to call the phone number using Teams or other installed apps that offer click-to-dial call functions.
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  • On copying a date and/or time, Windows will pop up an inline light dismissible UI that suggests creating the event using supported calendar apps. Upon user selection of preference, the app is launched with its corresponding calendar event creation page with auto filled date and/or time.
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This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Suggested Actions for your account in Windows 11.

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