Chapter 5: Navigation

Applies to: Windows 10

Narrator views

The different views in Narrator include items, characters, words, lines, paragraphs, headings, links, form fields, tables, landmarks, and suggestions. To change views, you can use the following commands:

  • Narrator + Page up and Narrator + Page down
  • Narrator + Ctrl + Up arrow and Narrator + Ctrl + Down arrow 

To navigate by the view that you’ve selected, press Narrator + Left arrow or Narrator + Right arrow. Sometimes, you’ll need to press Narrator + Enter to use an element, like links or suggestions.

Landmarks and Suggestions are two important ways you can navigate and get more information about a page or app.

Tip: Views are especially useful when you’re navigating by touch. Learn more about using touch with Narrator in Chapter 6: Using Narrator with touch.

Navigate landmarks

Landmarks group similar elements on your screen so you easily navigate to them. Some webpages and apps, like Microsoft Store in Windows 10, have landmarks. Some Windows features like the Start menu also have landmarks.

Landmarks can comprise navigation elements like links, text, controls like buttons or check boxes, and more. To move to the main landmark, press Narrator + N. To get a list of landmarks for a page or app, press Narrator + F5. For more ways to work with landmarks, go to Chapter 3: Using scan mode.

Navigate groups and commands in applications

The ribbon at the top of applications such as Microsoft Word include commands such as Bold, Highlight, and Indent, which are gathered in groups such as Font, Paragraph, and Styles. To navigate among groups and commands, follow these steps:

  • To move to a command from a group, press Narrator + Page Down.
  • To move to a group from a command, press Narrator + Page Up.
  • To move to the next command in a group, press Narrator + Right arrow.
  • To move to the previous command in a group, press Narrator + Left arrow.

Navigate suggestions

Suggestions are available when you enter information in a text box in some apps and parts of Windows. For example, when you enter text in the search box after pressing the Windows logo key, suggestions are provided as you type.

When a suggestion is available, Narrator indicates it by playing a sound and voice message. A Narrator view is available to navigate suggestions, but generally, you’ll also be able to press the Up arrow and Down arrow keys to move through suggestions, and Enter to select one.

Use Narrator Find

Use Narrator Find to find what you need on the web, in applications, and in documents. To open Narrator Find and search for a word or phrase, press Narrator + Ctrl + F. Then, to go to the first result, select Find next or press Enter. Narrator will focus on the result and not on the search dialog. Then press Narrator + F3 to go to the next result or Narrator + Shift + F3 to go to the previous result.

Note: Turn on the alternate command key (Fn or F Lock) before you press the function keys (F6 or F7) in the following sections. To find out more about the alternate command keys, read How do I use the Fn key/F Lock key/Alternate command keys?

Navigate links on a page

If you'd like to explore a list of all the links on a page, press Narrator + F7. To navigate the list, press the Up arrow or Down arrow, and press Enter to go to that link's location on the page. When you already know part of the link you want, you can type some text to filter this list. Then, to follow the link, press Enter.


Navigate headings on a page

If you’d like to explore a list of all the headings on a page, press Narrator + F6. To navigate the list, press the Up arrow or Down arrow, and press Enter to go to that heading’s location on the page.

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