Hear text read aloud with Narrator

Narrator is a screen reader that reads the elements on your screen aloud. To start Narrator, on Start

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, swipe over to the All apps list, then select Settings > Ease of Access > Narrator , and then use the toggle to turn on Narrator.

Narrator settings

To stop Narrator, swipe left or right until you select the Start

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button. Then, press and hold the Volume Up button and double-tap anywhere on the screen. If Narrator quick launch is turned on, this action can also turn Narrator back on.

To use Narrator quick launch, on Start

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, swipe over to the All apps list, then select Settings > Ease of Access > Narrator , and then use the toggle to turn on Narrator quick launch.

Narrator gestures

Once Narrator is turned on, use these Narrator-specific gestures with your device.

Gesture

What the gesture does

Swipe up or down with one finger

Change navigation mode

Swipe left or right with one finger

Move to the next or previous item

Tap or drag a single finger

Read what's under your finger

Double-tap with one finger or hold with one finger and tap with a second

Activate primary action

Triple-tap with one finger or hold with one finger and double-tap with a second

Activate secondary action

Swipe left, right, up, or down with two fingers

Scroll

Tap with two fingers

Stop Narrator from reading

Tap with three fingers

Change verbosity mode

Double-tap with two fingers

Show context menu

Swipe up with three fingers

Read from top

Swipe down with three fingers

Start reading explorable text

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Article ID: 17245 - Last Review: Sep 7, 2016 - Revision: 9

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