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    Turn On or Off Narrator in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off Narrator in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Narrator in Windows 10
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    17 Apr 2021
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    How to Turn On or Off 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 youíre 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.

    Finally, you can personalize Narrator's voice to adjust the speaking rate, pitch, and volume as well as install some third-party text-to-speech voices.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 17093, you can now use Narrator when in safe mode. Note: Itís recommended for Narrator users to enter safe mode via msconfig.exe. On some devices you may need to use USB headphones to hear audio in safe mode.

    This tutorial will show you different ways to turn on or off Narrator for your account in Windows 10.


    Contents







    OPTION ONE

    To Turn On or Off Narrator on Sign-in Screen


    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 17704.


    1 While on the sign-in screen, click/tap on the Ease of Access button. (see screenshot below)

    2 You can now toggle on or off Narrator.

    Turn On or Off Narrator in Windows 10-ease_of_access_on_sign-in_screen.jpg






    OPTION TWO

    To Turn On or Off Narrator using Keyboard Shortcut


    See also: How to Enable or Disable Win+Ctrl+Enter Shortcut Key to Turn Narrator On or Off in Windows 10


    1 Press the Win + Ctrl + Enter keys to toggle Narrator on (start) and off (exit).

    OR

    2 Press the Caps lock + Esc keys to turn off (exit) Narrator.






    OPTION THREE

    To Turn On or Off Narrator in Settings


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

    Starting with Windows 10 build 21359, the Ease of Access category in Settings has been renamed to Accessibility.


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


    2 Click/tap on Narrator on the left side, and turn on or off (default) Narrator on the right side for what you want. (see screenshot below)

    3 You can now close Settings if you like.

    Turn On or Off Narrator in Windows 10-turn_on_or_off_narrator_in_settings.jpg






    OPTION FOUR

    To Turn On or Off Narrator in Control Panel


    This option doesn't always work well for turning off Narrator.


    1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Ease of Access Center icon.

    2 Click/tap on the Use the computer without a display link. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off Narrator in Windows 10-turn_on_or_off_narrator_in_control_panel-1.jpg

    3 Check or uncheck (default) Turn on Narrator for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off Narrator in Windows 10-turn_on_or_off_narrator_in_control_panel-2.jpg

    4 When finished, you can close the Control Panel if you like.






    OPTION FIVE

    To Start Narrator in Control Panel


    1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Ease of Access Center icon.

    2 Click/tap on Start Narrator at the top, and close the Control Panel. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off Narrator in Windows 10-start_narrator_control_panel.jpg






    OPTION SIX

    To Turn Off Narrator in Task Manager


    1 Open Task Manager (more details view), and do step 2 or step 3 below for how you would like to end the Narrator task.


    2 Click/tap on the Processes tab, select Screen Reader, click/tap on the End task button, and close Task Manager. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off Narrator in Windows 10-narrator_task_manager-1.png

    3 Click/tap on the Details tab, select Narrator.exe, click/tap on the End task button, click/tap on End process when prompted to confirm, and close Task Manager. (see screenshots below)

    Turn On or Off Narrator in Windows 10-narrator_task_manager-2.png
    Turn On or Off Narrator in Windows 10-narrator_task_manager-3.png






    OPTION SEVEN

    To Turn Off Narrator in Narrator Jump List


    1 Right click or press and hold on the Narrator icon on the taskbar, and click/tap on Turn off Narrator. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off Narrator in Windows 10-narrator_jump_list.jpg






    OPTION EIGHT

    To Turn Off Narrator in Narrator Settings


    1 Click/tap on the Narrator icon on the taskbar, and click/tap on the Exit Narrator button in Narrator Home. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off Narrator in Windows 10-narrator_home.jpg






    OPTION NINE

    To Turn On or Off Narrator on Touch Device (ex: tablet) without a Keyboard


    1 Press the Start button and the Volume Up button together on your device to toggle Narrator on and off.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1. Paul Black's Avatar
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       #1

    Hello @Brink ,

    If this needs to be put into another section then please move it.

    I really despise Narrator and I want to get rid of it . I have spent hours [ TenForums & Internet ] on trying to find a way to achieve this. I would list the things that I have tried, but it would be a VERY LONG LIST. Here are some screenshots of some of the the settings I have changed. I do NOT use the Ease Of Access on the Sign-In, but I used this as one of the tests along with the Control Panel => Ease Of Access . . .

    Turn On or Off Narrator in Windows 10-narrator-settings-3.png
    Turn On or Off Narrator in Windows 10-narrator-settings-4.png
    Turn On or Off Narrator in Windows 10-narrator-settings-1.png

    Looking through the Registry, there are MANY MANY entries relating to Narrator. Here are a small handful . . .

    Code:
    
    @{Microsoft.Windows.NarratorQuickStart_10.0.18362.387_neutral_neutral_8wekyb3d8bbwe?ms-resource://Microsoft.Windows.NarratorQuickStart/Resources/AppDisplayName}
    Microsoft.Windows.NarratorQuickStart_10.0.18362.387_neutral_neutral_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppModel\SystemAppData\Microsoft.Windows.NarratorQuickStart_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Narrator
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\BackgroundAccessApplications\Microsoft.Windows.NarratorQuickStart_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Accessibility

    So my questions are . ..



    [1] Is there a REG file than can be used to completely Disable / Remove / Delete Narrator, like the Reg Key . . .

    Code:
    
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Narrator
    Code:
    
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Narrator]
    "IntonationPause"=dword:00000001
    "ErrorNotificationType"=dword:00000001
    "NarratorCursorHighlight"=dword:00000001
    "CoupleNarratorCursorMouse"=dword:00000000
    "CoupleNarratorCursorKeyboard"=dword:00000001
    "KeyboardLayout"=dword:00000001
    "EchoChars"=dword:00000001
    "NarratorMouseMode"=dword:00000000
    "InteractionMouse"=dword:00000000
    "EchoWords"=dword:00000001
    "FollowInsertionPoint"=dword:00000000
    "AutoreadAdvancedInfo"=dword:00000000
    "KeyboardLayoutMigrationState"=dword:00000001
    "ReadHints"=dword:00000001
    "SpeechPitch"=dword:00000002
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Narrator\NarratorHome]
    "AutoStart"=dword:00000000
    "MinimizeType"=dword:00000001
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Narrator\NoRoam]
    "RunningState"=dword:00000000
    "BrailleLanguageInput"="SystemSettings_Accessibility_Braille_Language_English_UEB"
    "BrailleInputTableType"="SystemSettings_Accessibility_Braille_TableType_Grade1"
    "BrailleInputTable"="en-ueb-g1.ctb"
    "BrailleLanguageOutput"="SystemSettings_Accessibility_Braille_Language_English_UEB"
    "BrailleOutputTableType"="SystemSettings_Accessibility_Braille_TableType_Grade1"
    "BrailleOutputTable"="en-ueb-g1.ctb"
    "WinEnterLaunchEnabled"=dword:00000001
    "DuckAudio"=dword:00000001
    "NarratorCursorMode"=dword:00000002
    "UserVerbosityLevel"=dword:00000003
    "ContextVerbosityLevel"=dword:00000002
    "RenderContextBeforeElement"=dword:00000001
    "InteractionTouch"=dword:00000001
    "TouchVerified"=dword:00000001
    "CapsLockAlert"=dword:00000000
    "ReadCharactersPhonetically"=dword:00000000
    "EchoFunctionKeys"=dword:00000000
    "EchoModifierKeys"=dword:00000000
    "EchoToggleKeys"=dword:00000001
    "EchoNavigationKeys"=dword:00000000
    "DisplayedAudioChannel"=""
    "NarratorModifiers"=dword:00000003
    "SpeechVolume"=dword:00000000
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Narrator\NoRoam\Devices]
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Narrator\NoRoam\Profiles]
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Narrator\NoRoam\Profiles\Applications]
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Narrator\NoRoam\Profiles\Applications\AppContexts]
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Narrator\NoRoam\Profiles\Applications\AppContexts\ApplicationFrameHost.exe]
    "KeyboardMode"=dword:00000000
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Narrator\NoRoam\Profiles\Applications\AppContexts\explorer.exe]
    "KeyboardMode"=dword:00000000
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Narrator\NoRoam\Profiles\Applications\AppContexts\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy!CortanaUI]
    "KeyboardMode"=dword:00000000
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Narrator\NoRoam\Profiles\Applications\AppContexts\Microsoft.Windows.NarratorQuickStart_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App]
    "KeyboardMode"=dword:00000002
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Narrator\NoRoam\Profiles\Applications\AppContexts\Microsoft.Windows.ShellExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewy!App]
    "KeyboardMode"=dword:00000000
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Narrator\NoRoam\Profiles\Applications\AppContexts\mspaint.exe]
    "KeyboardMode"=dword:00000000
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Narrator\NoRoam\Profiles\Applications\AppContexts\Narrator.exe]
    "KeyboardMode"=dword:00000000
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Narrator\NoRoam\Profiles\Applications\AppContexts\notepad.exe]
    "KeyboardMode"=dword:00000000
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Narrator\NoRoam\Profiles\Applications\AppContexts\SnippingTool.exe]
    "KeyboardMode"=dword:00000000
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Narrator\NoRoam\Profiles\Applications\AppContexts\windows.immersivecontrolpanel_cw5n1h2txyewy!microsoft.windows.immersivecontrolpanel]
    "KeyboardMode"=dword:00000000
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Narrator\QuickStart]



    [2] Take Permissions of . . .

    Code:
    
    %SystemRoot%\System32\Narrator.exe

    . . . and either Delete the file or Rename the file to something like Narrator_Disabled.exe



    [3] One of the Internet options suggestedAddingthe Reg Key . . .

    Code:
    
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\Narrator.exe

    . . . and creating a New String Value named Disable_Narrator [ ANY name really ], and assigning it the Value %1.



    Any recommendations will be appreciated.

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Paul Black; 1 Week Ago at 08:26.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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       #2

    Hello @Paul Black,

    In addition, you could use the tutorial below to disable the shortcut keys for Narrator.

    Enable or Disable Shortcut Key to Start Narrator in Windows 10
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  3. Paul Black's Avatar
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       #3

    Thanks for the reply @Brink,

    Brink said:
    In addition, you could use the tutorial below to disable the shortcut keys for Narrator.

    Enable or Disable Shortcut Key to Start Narrator in Windows 10

    None of the processes / methods that I used to Stop Narrator worked!

    What I want is a method that will Disable / Remove / Delete Narrator Completely.

    Out of the options that I posted, in your Expert opinion, which method would allow me to achieve this, or there is there an alternative method please?

    Thanks.
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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       #4

    Paul Black said:
    Thanks for the reply @Brink,

    None of the processes / methods that I used to Stop Narrator worked!

    What I want is a method that will Disable / Remove / Delete Narrator Completely.

    Out of the options that I posted, in your Expert opinion, which method would allow me to achieve this, or there is there an alternative method please?

    Thanks.
    Usually, you would just need to turn off Narrator and disable its keyboard shortcut to not hear from it anymore.

    I'm not aware of a group policy to disable Narrator.
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  5. Brink's Avatar
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       #5

    Paul Black said:
    Hello @Brink ,

    Well I ran the above link you posted, NO change.

    I created a System Image, took Ownership of the %SystemRoot%\System32\Narrator.exe => Restarted. NO change.

    Now this will make you laugh, I Deleted the %SystemRoot%\System32\Narrator.exe => Restarted. NO change.

    If I Sign-Out, on the Sign-In screen, if I click Ease Of Access, it STILL talks to me, even though the Narrator shows Off at the top.

    If I open Control Panel => Ease Of Access, if I do NOT uncheck Always Read this Section Aloud. and Always Scan this Section., it still talks to me.

    BOTH are AFTER the Narrator.exe has been Deleted

    Has my old age really kicked in here or am I missing something fundamental please?
    Odd. Do you have all Narrator settings turned off in Settings > Ease of Access > Narrator?
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  6. Paul Black's Avatar
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       #6

    Hello @Brink ,

    Brink said:
    Odd. Do you have all Narrator settings turned off in Settings > Ease of Access > Narrator?

    Yes, I have got EVERYTHING turned off, but if I do NOT uncheck Always Read this Section Aloud. and Always Scan this Section., it still talks to me.

    Surely with EVERYTHING turned off and the Narrator.exe being Deleted, I shouldn't have any of this.

    I thought that there would be a SINGLE setting that could be used to achieve this, silly me.

    Could it be something OTHER than Narrator that needs to be Disabled / Deleted??
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  7. Brink's Avatar
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       #7

    Paul Black said:
    Hello @Brink ,

    Yes, I have got EVERYTHING turned off, but if I do NOT uncheck Always Read this Section Aloud. and Always Scan this Section., it still talks to me.

    Surely with EVERYTHING turned off and the Narrator.exe being Deleted, I shouldn't have any of this.

    I thought that there would be a SINGLE setting that could be used to achieve this, silly me.

    Could it be something OTHER than Narrator that needs to be Disabled / Deleted??
    That would be normal if those two boxes are not also unchecked.

    I wish there was a universal off switch.
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  8. Paul Black's Avatar
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    Brink said:
    That would be normal if those two boxes are not also unchecked.

    I wish there was a universal off switch.

    OK, thanks @Brink for your time, it is VERY much appreciated.

    I will just Re-Image back and Turn Off the sections that I will possibly use if I can.

    Thanks again.

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  9. Brink's Avatar
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