Using the Narrator

by Barry Dysert
(last updated February 8, 2016)

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To work with Narrator, click the Start button, type "Narrator" (without the quotes), and press Enter. Windows displays the Microsoft Narrator dialog box. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Microsoft Narrator dialog box.

Be advised that as soon as you bring up the Narrator dialog box, Narrator starts. (In other words, if your speakers are turned on, you may want to mute them as you work through this tip.) A quick glance at the Microsoft Narrator dialog box shows that you can configure the feature to control what it will "read" to you. You can set Narrator so that it can echo your keystrokes, announce system messages, announce scroll notifications, and have Windows automatically start Narrator minimized.

Clicking the Quick Help button lets you listen to some introductory information about Narrator. Clicking the Voice Settings button lets you change the speed, volume, and pitch of the Narrator's voice. The Exit button turns off Narrator.

If you want to control whether Narrator starts when you log on, click the "Control whether Narrator starts when I log on" link.

The menu at the top of the Microsoft Narrator dialog box provides the same functionality you can get through the buttons and check boxes. The "Help" menu item displays a list of keyboard shortcuts you can use to specify which text you want Narrator to read. (For example, how to get information about the current item, how to read the entire selected window, how to stop Narrator from reading text, etc.)

 This tip (3585) applies to Windows 7.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

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2016-02-10 04:02:36

Shreepad S M Gandhi

Wow!!!
Barry. Thank you very much for this tip. Wasn't aware of this.
Great value addition.
Am thoroughly enjoying this feature.


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