How To Enable the Screen Reader in Windows 10

December 2016

Like its predecessors, Windows 10 includes a screen reader feature called Narrator. Narrator is a small accessibility feature that reads aloud everything that happens on your screen, including text, buttons, and menus.

This tutorial will show you how to enable and configure the Narrator feature.

How To Turn On the Screen Reader in Windows 10

You can enable this feature by going to Start > Settings > Ease of Access and toggling the Narrator feature ON:

You can also choose for it to activate by default by selecting Start Narrator automatically.

Windows 10 offers a couple of voices for you to choose from. Scroll to the Voice section, click on the Choose voice menu, and make your selection:

Don't forget to adjust the voice Speed and Pitch to match your personal preferences.

The next step is to choose the items that Narrator will read aloud. Scroll to Sounds you hear and disable/enable the following settings: Read hints for control and buttons, Characters you type, and Words you type:

Feel free to play with the different settings available to get them just right.

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