How to Change how Capitalized Text is Read by 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.

You can change how capitalized text is read by Narrator. If you choose Increase pitch, Narrator will accentuate capitalized, mixed-case, and upper-case words with increasing levels of voice pitch. If you choose Say cap, Narrator will say “cap” to identify capitalized words, “mix cap” for mixed-case words, and “all cap” for uppercase words.

Due to a Narrator reading reliability issue for the “Change how capitalized text is read” feature, the feature has been disabled starting in Windows 10 build 18351. However, the “Change how capitalized text is read” feature is back in at least Windows 10 build 18917.

This tutorial will show you how to change how capitalized text is read by Narrator for your account in Windows 10.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Change how Capitalized Text is Read by Narrator using Keyboard Shortcut
  • Option Two: Change how Capitalized Text is Read by Narrator in Settings
  • Option Three: Change how Capitalized Text is Read by Narrator using a REG file





Change how Capitalized Text is Read by Narrator in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Change how Capitalized Text is Read by Narrator in Windows 10
Change how Capitalized Text is Read by Narrator using Keyboard Shortcut

1. While Narrator is turned on, press the Narrator + 4 keys until you hear how you want capitalized text read by Narrator.






Change how Capitalized Text is Read by Narrator in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Change how Capitalized Text is Read by Narrator in Windows 10
Change how Capitalized Text is Read by Narrator in Settings

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Ease of Access icon.

You can also press the Win+Ctrl+N keys to directly open Narrator settings.

2. Click/tap on Narrator on the left side, and select what you want in the Change how capitalized text is read drop menu on the right side under the Change what you hear when reading and interacting section. (see screenshot below)

3. You can now close Settings if you like.

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Change how Capitalized Text is Read by Narrator in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Change how Capitalized Text is Read by Narrator in Windows 10
Change how Capitalized Text is Read by Narrator using a REG file

The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Narrator\NoRoam

CapitalizationReading DWORD

0 = Don't announce
1 = Increase pitch
2 = Say cap



1. Do step 2 (Don't announce), step 3 (Increase pitch), or step 4 (Say cap) below for what you would like to do.


 2. Don't announce capitalized text when read by Narrator

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Do_not_announce_capitalized_text_when_read_by_Narrator.reg

download


 3. Increase pitch when capitalized text is read by Narrator

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Increase_pitch_when_capitalized_text_is_read_by_Narrator.reg

download


 4. Say cap when capitalized text is read by Narrator

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Say_cap_when_capitalized_text_is_read_by_Narrator.reg

download

5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

7. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

8. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn


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