How to Change Level of Context Narrator Provides for Buttons and other 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.

You can change the level of context Narrator provides for buttons and other controls. Options include: No context, Sounds only, Immediate context, Immediate context name and type, Full context of new control, and Full context of old and new controls.

This tutorial will show you how to change the level of context Narrator provides for buttons and other controls for your account in Windows 10.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Change Level of Context Narrator Provides for Buttons and other Controls using Keyboard Shortcut
  • Option Two: Change Level of Context Narrator Provides for Buttons and other Controls in Settings
  • Option Three: Change Level of Context Narrator Provides for Buttons and other Controls using a REG file





Change Narrator Context Level for Buttons and Controls in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Change Narrator Context Level for Buttons and Controls in Windows 10
Change Level of Context Narrator Provides for Buttons and other Controls using Keyboard Shortcut

1. While Narrator is turned on, press the Narrator + Alt + forward slash (/) keys until you hear the level of context you want.






Change Narrator Context Level for Buttons and Controls in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Change Narrator Context Level for Buttons and Controls in Windows 10
Change Level of Context Narrator Provides for Buttons and other Controls 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 the level of context you want in the Change the level of context Narrator provides for buttons and other controls drop menu on the right side under the Change what you hear when reading and interacting section. (see screenshot below)

Immediate context is the default level.

3. You can now close Settings if you like.

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Change Narrator Context Level for Buttons and Controls in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Change Narrator Context Level for Buttons and Controls in Windows 10
Change Level of Context Narrator Provides for Buttons and other Controls 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

ContextVerbosityLevel DWORD

0 = No context
1 = Sounds only
2 = Immediate context (default)
3 = Immediate context name and type
4 = Full context of new control
5 = Full context of old and new controls



1. Do step 2 (No context), step 3 (Sounds only), step 4 (Immediate context), step 5 (Immediate context name and type ), step 6 (Full context of new control), or step 7 (Full context of old and new controls) below for what you would like to do.


 2. Use Narrator Buttons and other Controls Context Level 0 - No context

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 8 below.

No_context_level_of_context_Narrator_provides_for_buttons_and_other_controls.reg

download


 3. Use Narrator Buttons and other Controls Context Level 1 - Sounds only

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 8 below.

Sounds_only_level_of_context_Narrator_provides_for_buttons_and_other_controls.reg

download


 4. Use Narrator Buttons and other Controls Context Level 2 - Immediate context

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 8 below.

Immediate_context_level_of_context_Narrator_provides_for_buttons_and_other_controls.reg

download


 5. Use Narrator Buttons and other Controls Context Level 3 - Immediate context name and type

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 8 below.

Immediate_context_name_and_type_level_of_context_Narrator_provides_for_buttons_and_other_controls.re g

download


 6. Use Narrator Buttons and other Controls Context Level 4 - Full context of new control

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 8 below.

Full_context_of_new_control_level_of_context_Narrator_provides_for_buttons_and_other_controls.reg

download


 7. Use Narrator Buttons and other Controls Context Level 5 - Full context of old and new controls

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 8 below.

Full_context_of_old_and_new_controls_level_of_context_Narrator_provides_for_buttons_and_other_contro ls.reg

download

8. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

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


That's it,
Shawn


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