How to use Narrator in Windows 10

Recently you have updated your Operating System to Windows 10 and wanted Narrator feature that you have heard from one your friends? And don’t to use its know-how to customize and use it? No need for worries. Read the information till the end and definitely, you will be able to fix on your own. Before starting do you have any piece of an idea what exactly this feature does? The narrator is a feature that offers vision, hearing, or dexterity impairments hear your text and screen elements Windows spoken aloud manner. Through Narrator all the documents or other file saved on your system can be read aloud.  It is planned for the visually impaired But can be preferred by anyone who wants the screen or text on voice modulation. This is very helpful in the case of people who are dexterity and mobility impairments by birth.

Steps to use Windows 10 Narrator Feature

This is a built-in tool that can b used to read text aloud. It is a built-in accessibility feature.  Under it, users can experience read out the text from the computer screen, documents, settings, list of events that are occurring on the system like when you are turning off the volume or button clicks for more information about it is spoken out. This feature is very helpful in the case of people, who have a problem with their vision. 

Being a new user there could be several questions running through your mind Like:

Q1. How to use Narrator in Windows?

The best time to launch Narrator feature is when you’re Windows Start. It will make sure that launch is not mandatory whenever you log into the computer. Initially, press Win+Ctrl+Enter keys to launch the narrator for the first time instantly, and select to Start Narrator just after sign-in.

Q2. How to stop Narrator in Windows?

In case of exiting the narrator Feature press Caps Lock+Esc. Suppose you want to just pause the reading mode, then you need to press Ctrl and to resume back the reading mode press Caps Lock+M Key.

Q3. What is the Narrator key?

Windows 10 users, need to press the Caps Lock key or INSERT key as the Narrator key.

Q4. What are the options in the Narrator Settings?

To meet all your requirements, you need to set up once the Narrator feature properly on your system. Firstly, you need to minimize the Narrator starts. This option is available at the available right up front in the Narrator windows. Here, you need to uncheck the box with a message “Show Narrator home when the narrator starts.”

Now, click the Settings icon or press the Windows Key + Control + N to open it directly. After that, you need this procedure to setup:

a] Start-up Options

•    Firstly. Need to Enable disable the Narrator shortcut.

•    Secondly, you need to start the Narrator feature after the sign-in for the logged-in user or all of them.

•    Based on the Requirement Show or Hide the Narrator home.

•    Then minimize the Narrator to the system tray.

b] You have the advantage of Personalize Narrators Voice

In the settings option, you can configure the Narrator Feature to be more effective. Here you can change the default settings like voice, speed, voice pitch, and volume. You can also choose to lower the volume of other apps.

If you have access to multiple audio devices, then you have the preference of choosing the output of the device. In case you want to balance or control the volume of the Narrator, then use Caps Lock+Page Up to increase or Caps Lock+Page Down to decrease voice volume.

c] Choose what Narrator can read

By default, the Narrator can read everything on which you are going to click or press on the keyboard, or navigating using the keyboard. It’s always good, to turn on all the options, but with the time you can get used to it. So, make sure that you turn off which you don’t use.

It’s five levels from which you can choose.

Level-1: Text only

Level-2: Some control details

Level-3: All control details

Level-4: Some text details

Level-5: All text details

To switch between them, you can use the Narrator key + V Key. Then you can select for emphasis to formatted text, punctuation pause, phonetics, hear advanced details, and so on.

in the same way, you can also change the level of background provider buttons, gear hints on how to deal with certain things on audio cues and Windows 10.

d] Choose what you hear while typing

The narrator keeps the dictation of all the text as you keep going typing. Sometimes, it can be annoying too. If you are a good keyboard user, then you can simply remove some of its features.

I will recommend you to turn off the option to speak out every word aloud and keep it applicable on all the function keys only, such as Function keys, Shift, Alt, and so on.

Create your commands using Keyboard Settings

Through these settings Options, you can change the entire keyboard layout, lock the narrator key, and lastly create your commands. Lastly, the two options are very useful and challenging to remember if you find multiple key combinations challenging. Now, click on create the commands link, and then make the necessary changes accordingly.

To have better communication with the computer, you need to install the software Braille with Narrator.

Q5. Which are the Windows 10 Narrator keyboard shortcuts?

Some of the Narrator keyboard shortcuts on Windows 10

  • Ctrl: Stop reading.
  • Caps Lock+M: Start reading.
  • Caps Lock+Page Up: Increase voice volume.
  • Caps Lock+Page Down: Decrease voice volume.
  • Caps Lock+Plus: Increase voice speed.
  • Caps Lock+Minus: Decrease voice speed.
  • Caps Lock+C: Read the current date and time.
  • Caps Lock+D: Read item.
  • Caps Lock+S: Read item spelled out.
  • Caps Lock+V: Repeat phrase.
  • Caps Lock+W: Read window.
  • Caps Lock+H: Read the document.
  • Caps Lock+Ctrl+U: Read the current page.
  • Caps Lock+U: Read next page.
  • Caps Lock+Shift+U: Read the previous page.
  • Caps Lock+Ctrl+I: Read current paragraph.
  • Caps Lock+I: Read the next paragraph.
  • Caps Lock+Shift+I: Read the previous paragraph.
  • Caps Lock+Ctrl+O: Read a current line.
  • Caps Lock+O: Read next line.
  • Caps Lock+Shift+O: Read the previous line.
  • Caps Lock+Ctrl+P: Read the current word.
  • Caps Lock+P: Read the next word.
  • Caps Lock+Shift+P: Read the previous word.
  • Caps Lock+R: Read all items in containing the area.
  • Caps Lock+Q: Move to the last item in containing the area.
  • Caps Lock+Y: Move to the beginning of the text.
  • Caps Lock+B: Move to end of the text.
  • Caps Lock+J: Jump to next heading.
  • Caps Lock+Shift+J: Jump to the previous heading.
  • Caps Lock+K: Jump to next table.
  • Caps Lock+Shift+K: Jump to the previous table.
  • Caps Lock+L: Jump to next link.
  • Caps Lock+Shift+L: Jump to the previous link.
  • Caps Lock+F3: Jump to next cell in the row.
  • Caps Lock+Shift+F3: Jump to the previous cell in the row.
  • Caps Lock+F4: Jump to next cell in the column.
  • Caps Lock+Shift+F4: Jump to the previous cell in the column.
  • Caps Lock+Space: Do primary action.
  • Caps Lock+Right Arrow: Move to next item.
  • Caps Lock+Left Arrow: Move to the previous item.
  • Caps Lock+Up/Down Arrow: Change view.
  • Caps Lock+F1: Show commands list.
  • Caps Lock+F2: Show commands for the current item.
  • Caps Lock+F12: Toggle character reading.
  • Caps Lock+Enter: Toggle search mode.
  • Caps Lock+Num Lock: Toggle mouse mode.
  • Caps Lock+A: Change verbosity mode.
  • Caps Lock+Esc: Exit Narrator.
  • Caps Lock+Z: Lock Narrator key.
  • Caps Lock+G: Move Narrator cursor to system cursor.
  • Caps Lock+T: Move the Narrator cursor to the pointer.
  • Caps Lock+Backspace: Go back 1 item.
  • Caps Lock+Insert: Jump to linked item.
  • Caps Lock+F7: Read the current column.
  • Caps Lock+F8: Read the current row.
  • Caps Lock+F9: Read current column header.
  • Caps Lock+F10: Read current row header.
  • Caps Lock+F5: Read which row and column Narrator is in.
  • Caps Lock+F6: Jump to the table cell.
  • Caps Lock+Shift+F6: Jump to cell contents.
  • Caps Lock+Ctrl+Left Arrow: Navigates you to parent.
  • Caps Lock+Ctrl+Down Arrow: Navigates you to next sibling.
  • Caps Lock+Ctrl+Up Arrow: Navigates you to the previous sibling.

After reading this information, hopefully all your issues and queries of Windows 10 Narrator feature are resolved.  And hopefully this Accessibility feature is going to be very useful.

Jack Smith is a technology expert who loves to write blogs and articles about cybersecurity. He has been especially writing about the latest updates regarding mcafee.com/activate with an intention to develop the work experience of users across the globe. The blogs and articles he has written have been published in various popular e-magazines, blogs, and websites.

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