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Narrator

Narrator is a screen reader that is bundled with the Windows 10 operating system.

Install

Narrator is built in to the Windows 10 operating system. It can be enabled and configured in the Windows settings.

Guides, Documentation, and resources

Modes

Commands

The following are some common commands.

The default Narrator modifier key is set to: Caps Lock or Insert

Common

TaskCommandNotes
Read next focusable itemTab
Read next item (scan mode)Down arrowRequires scan mode
Read next item (item view, scan mode off)Narrator + right arrowRequires scan mode off
Read previous focusable itemShift + Tab
Read previous item (scan mode)Up arrowRequires scan mode
Read previous item (item view, scan mode off)Narrator + left arrowRequires scan mode off

General

TaskCommandNotes
Activate Item (primary action)Enter or Space BarRequired scan mode
Activate Item (secondary action)Shift + enter or Shift + SpacebarRequired scan mode
Read itemNarrator + tab or Narrator + NUMPAD 5Announces the current item
Read item (advanced)Narrator + 0Announces advanced information about the current item
Toggle Scan Mode on and offNarrator + spaceEnabled automatically when you use Microsoft Edge.
Leave scan modeNarrator + space
Enter scan modeNarrator + space
Turn OffWindows + Enter
Turn OnWindows + Enter

Reading

TaskCommandNotes
Cycle view backwardNarrator + Page DownCycles the type of item to be read when using the Read next item and Read previous item commands.
Cycle view forwardNarrator + Page DownCycles the type of item to be read when using the Read next item and Read previous item commands.
next landmarkdd
List landmarksNarrator + F5
List headingsNarrator + F6
Read next focusable itemTab
Read next item (scan mode)Down arrowRequires scan mode
Read next item (item view, scan mode off)Narrator + right arrowRequires scan mode off
Read previous focusable itemShift + Tab
Read previous item (scan mode)Up arrowRequires scan mode
Read previous item (item view, scan mode off)Narrator + left arrowRequires scan mode off
Start reading from current positionNarrator + M
Stop readingControl

Forms

TaskCommandNotes
Activate Item (primary action)Enter or Space BarRequired scan mode
Activate Form ControlSpace
Read next focusable itemTab
Read previous focusable itemShift + Tab
enter text<enter text>must be in a form or application context, and this is native browser behavior.
select next optionDown arrowmust be in a listbox context, and this is native browser behavior.
select previous optionUp arrowmust be in a listbox context, and this is native browser behavior.
select an optionEntermust be in a listbox context, and this is native browser behavior.
Leave scan modeNarrator + space
Enter scan modeNarrator + space

Tables

TaskCommand
Move to next columnControl + Alt + Right arrow
Move to next rowControl + Alt + up arrow
Move to previous columnControl + Alt + Left arrow
Move to previous rowControl + Alt + down arrow
Read Column HeaderControl + Shift + Alt + Up arrow
Read row headerControl + Shift + Alt + Left arrow

Elements

TaskCommand
Next buttonb
Next buttonshift + b
Next headingh
Previous headingshift + h
Next form fieldf
Next linkk
Previous linkshift + k