This chapter provides information about how to use a braille display with Narrator in the Windows 10 Creators Update. It includes info about how to install braille on your PC, navigate your PC, and read text.
Narrator supports braille displays from several manufacturers. To learn more about what braille displays are supported, including specific key commands for each display, see Appendix D: Supported Braille Displays.
Narrator braille is currently in beta in the Windows 10 Creators Update, and your feedback can help make Narrator braille better. Press Caps lock + E + E (press the E key twice) to enter comments about Narrator. You can also leave comments on the Microsoft Accessibility User Voice website or in the Windows Feedback Hub app. For help with Narrator braille, contact the Disability Answer Desk.
Narrator works with braille displays that use a USB or serial port. To use your braille display with Narrator, download and install braille:
- Press the Windows logo key + U to open Ease of Access settings.
- Under Braille (beta), select Download and install braille. (This will take some time. Windows will also ask if you’re sure that you want to allow Windows to make changes to your PC.)
- When download and installation is complete, select Enable braille.
- Next, add your braille display. Select Add a braille display and then choose your braille display manufacturer and connection type (USB or serial port).
Using your braille display with other screen readers
If you already use your braille display with another screen reader, or Narrator doesn’t work immediately with your braille display, you may need to update or change the driver Windows uses to communicate with your display.
You only need to change your driver if a different driver is installed for your braille display. If you’re not sure, contact your braille display manufacturer.
To update or change the driver that Windows uses with your braille display, connect it to your PC and follow these steps:
- Press the Windows logo key on your keyboard, type device manager, and then choose Device Manager from the list of results.
- Find your braille display in the list of devices. This might be the name of your display or the name of the display manufacturer.
- Expand the entry for your braille display and select your device.
- In the Action menu, select Update driver.
- Select Browse my computer for driver software and then select Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.
- Choose your display from the list and select Next. If Narrator recognizes your display, select LibUSB-Win32 Devices.
- Choose the driver that begins with LibUSB-Win32 from the list on the following page and select Next to install the driver.
To go back to using your display with your other screen reader, repeat this process but select the driver used by your other screen reader.
To remove Narrator braille from your PC:
- Press Windows Logo Key + I to open Settings.
- Select Apps, choose Apps & features, and then select Manage optional features.
- Select Accessibility – Braille support, and then choose Uninstall.
Braille keyboard commands
If your braille display has a braille keyboard, you can use it to enter text or do the following commands. The command to turn on the keyboard is Space + Dots 1-3.
|1-2-3-4 or 1-2-3-4-7||Go to the next or previous paragraph|
|1-2-5 or 1-2-5-7||Go to the next or previous heading|
|2-3-4-5 or 2-3-4-5-7||Go to the next or previous table|
|1-3 or 1-3-7||Go to the next or previous link|
|2-4 or 2-4-7||Go to the next or previous item|
|1-4-5 or 1-4-5-7||Go to the next or previous landmark|
|1-2-4 or 1-2-4-7||Go to the next or previous form field|
|1-2 or 1-2-7||Go to the next or previous button|
|1-4 or 1-4-7||Go to the next or previous combo box|
|1-5 or 1-5-7||Go to the next or previous edit field|
|1-2-3-5 or 1-2-3-5-7||Go to the next or previous radio button|
|1-3-4-6 or 1-3-4-6-7||Go to the next or previous check box|
|1-6 or 1-6-7||Go to the next or previous heading level 1|
|1-2-6 or 1-2-6-7||Go to the next or previous heading level 2|
|1-4-6 or 1-4-6-7||Go to the next or previous heading level 3|
|1-4-5-6 or 1-4-5-6-7||Go to the next or previous heading level 4|
|1-5-6 or 1-5-6-7||Go to the next or previous heading level 5|
|1-2-4-6 or 1-2-4-6-7||Go to the next or previous heading level 6|
|1-2-4-5-6 or 1-2-4-5-6-7||Go to the next or previous heading level 7|
|1-2-5-6 or 1-2-5-6-7||Go to the next or previous heading level 8|
|2-4-6 or 2-4-6-7||Go to the next or previous heading level 9|
Using touch cursors on your braille display
If your braille display has touch cursors you can use them to do certain actions.
Working with interactive elements
When the displayed content is an interactive element, tap any touch cursor above that content to do its primary action. Tap two adjacent touch cursors above the content to do its secondary action if one is available.
When the displayed content displayed isn’t text, tap two nonadjacent touch cursors above the content to display a context menu if one is available.
Use the following touch cursor commands when editing text:
- To move the text insertion point to a specific character, tap the touch cursor above the corresponding cell. You can also tap the touch cursor above a cell representing a character or its preceding modifier (such as a capital or a number) to do this as well. Caret representation will be on the cell after the modifier.
- To move the text insertion point to the last character on the display, tap the touch cursor above a blank cell at the end of the display.
- To do a secondary action, tap on two adjacent touch cursors on a corresponding character.
- To show a context menu, tap two nonadjacent touch cursors above the character closest to the center of the two nonadjacent touch cursors.
Some displays don’t support simultaneous pressing of two touch cursors. Therefore, there are additional commands for each display. To learn more about specific key commands for each display, see Appendix D: Supported Braille Displays.
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Article ID: 4004263 - Last Review: Apr 11, 2017 - Revision: 8