Appendix B: Narrator keyboard commands and touch gestures

This appendix lists the keyboard commands and touch gestures available in the latest version of Windows. 

To view a list of all other keyboard shortcuts in Windows, see Keyboard shortcuts in Windows. To view a list of keyboard shortcuts in Windows apps, see Keyboard shortcuts in apps.

Narrator key

You can choose what modifier key you want to use in Narrator commands. Both the Caps lock and Insert keys serve as your Narrator key by default. You can use either of these keys in any command that uses the Narrator key. The Narrator key is referred to as simply “Narrator” in commands. You can change your Narrator key in Narrator settings.

Note: If you’re using a Japanese 106 keyboard, Insert and NonConvert are your default Narrator keys.

Narrator keyboard commands

Narrator has two possible keyboard layouts: Standard and Legacy. Commands for each are listed below. For the scan mode commands, go to Chapter 3: Using scan mode.

Note: The commands that include plus (+) and minus (-) refer to the physical key and don’t require Shift as a modifier. Unless explicitly called out, it isn’t necessary to include Shift before the equal key to make it the plus sign as you would when typing the plus sign. Using the Narrator volume command above as an example, Narrator + Ctrl + equal (=) is the literal command, not Narrator + Ctrl + Shift + equal (=).

Standard keyboard layout

General commands

Press these keys

To do this

Windows logo key  + Ctrl + Enter

Start or stop Narrator

Narrator + Esc

Exit Narrator

Narrator + 1

Toggle input learning

Narrator + Right arrow

Move to next item

Narrator + Left arrow

Move to previous item

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

Change view

Narrator + F1

Show commands list

Narrator + F2

Show commands for current item

Narrator + Enter

Do primary action

Narrator + Ctrl + Enter

Toggle search mode

Narrator + F12

Read current time and date

Narrator + Ctrl + D

Describe image using an online service or get the webpage source of a link

Narrator + S

Get a webpage summary

Narrator + S twice quickly

Get webpage summary and popular links dialog box

Narrator + Alt + F

Provide Narrator feedback

Narrator + Z

Lock Narrator key

Narrator + Ctrl + F12

Toggle developer mode

Narrator + 3

Pass keys to application

Narrator + Alt + M

Toggle mouse mode

Narrator + H

Turn on or off Outlook column header reading

 

Adjust speech

Press these keys

To do this

Ctrl + Narrator + Plus sign (+)
Ctrl + Narrator + Add (numeric keypad)

Increase voice volume

Ctrl + Narrator + Minus sign (-)
Ctrl + Narrator + Subtract (numeric keypad)

Decrease voice volume

Narrator + Plus sign (+)

Increase voice speed

Narrator + Minus sign (-)

Decrease voice speed

Alt + Narrator + Subtract (numeric keypad)
Alt + Narrator + Minus sign (-)
Alt + Narrator + Add (numeric keypad)
Alt + Narrator + Plus sign (+)

Change punctuation reading mode

Narrator + V

Increase verbosity mode

Shift + Narrator + V

Decrease verbosity mode

Narrator + 2

Toggle character reading

Narrator + Forward slash (/)

Read context

Alt + Narrator + Forward slash (/)

Set read context verbosity

Ctrl + Narrator + Forward slash (/)

Change read context order

 

Read and work with text

Press these keys

To do this

Ctrl

Stop reading

Narrator + Tab
Narrator + 5 (numeric keypad)

Read item

Narrator + Tab twice quickly
Narrator + 5 twice quickly (numeric keypad)
Narrator + K twice quickly
Narrator + Ctrl + 5 twice quickly (numeric keypad)

Read item spelled out

Narrator + 0

Read item advanced

Narrator + T

Read window title

Narrator + W

Read window

Narrator + X

Repeat phrase

Narrator + R

Read from cursor

Ctrl + Narrator + R
Narrator + Down arrow

Start reading document

Narrator + C

Read document

Shift + Narrator + J
Narrator + Alt + Home

Read text from start to cursor

Ctrl + Narrator + U

Read previous page

Ctrl + Narrator + I

Read current page

Ctrl + Narrator + O

Read next page

Ctrl + Narrator + J

Read previous paragraph

Ctrl + Narrator + K

Read current paragraph

Ctrl + Narrator + L

Read next paragraph

Narrator + Ctrl + M

Read previous sentence

Narrator + Ctrl + comma (,)

Read current sentence

Narrator + Ctrl + period (.)

Read next sentence

Narrator + U

Read previous line

Narrator + I
Narrator + Up arrow

Read current line

Narrator + O

Read next line

Narrator + J
Ctrl + Narrator + Left arrow

Read previous word

Narrator + K
Ctrl + Narrator + 5 (numeric keypad)

Read current word

Narrator + L
Ctrl + Narrator + Right arrow

Read next word

Narrator + M

Read previous character

Narrator + Comma (,)
5 (numeric keypad)

Read current character

Narrator + Period (.)

Read next character

Narrator + F

Read next group of formatting information

Shift + Narrator + F

Read previous group of formatting information

Narrator + B
Ctrl + Narrator + Home

Move to beginning of text

Narrator + E
Ctrl + Narrator + End

Move to end of text

Narrator + Shift + Down arrow

Read selection

Narrator + Shift + Down arrow twice quickly

Spell selection

 

Navigate tables

Press these keys

To do this

Ctrl + Alt + Home

Jump to first cell in table

Ctrl + Alt + End

Jump to last cell in table

Ctrl + Alt + Right arrow

Jump to next cell in row

Ctrl + Alt + Left arrow

Jump to previous cell in row

Ctrl + Alt + Down arrow

Jump to next cell in column

Ctrl + Alt + Up arrow

Jump to previous cell in column

Ctrl + Shift + Alt + Left arrow

Read current row header

Ctrl + Shift + Alt + Up arrow

Read current column header

Ctrl + Shift + Alt + Right arrow

Read current row

Ctrl + Shift + Alt + Down arrow

Read current column

Ctrl + Shift + Alt + Forward slash (/)
Ctrl + Shift + Alt + 5 (numeric keypad)

Read which row and column Narrator is in

Ctrl + Alt + Page up

Jump to table cell

Ctrl + Alt + Page down

Jump to cell contents

 

Narrator focus commands

Press these keys

To do this

Narrator + Home

Move to first item in window

Narrator + End

Move to last item in window

Narrator + Backspace

Go back one item

Narrator + N

Move to main landmark

Narrator + Open square bracket ([)
Narrator + Subtract (numeric keypad)

Move Narrator cursor to system cursor

Narrator + Single quote (')
Narrator + Add (numeric keypad)

Set focus to item

Narrator + A

Jump to linked item

Shift + Narrator + A

Jump to annotated content

Alt + Narrator + Up arrow

Navigate to parent (when structural navigation is provided)

Alt + Narrator + Right arrow

Navigate to next sibling (when structural navigation is provided)

Alt + Narrator + Left arrow

Navigate to previous sibling (when structural navigation is provided)

Alt + Narrator + Down arrow

Navigate to first child (when structural navigation is provided)

Narrator + F7

List of links

Narrator + F5

List of landmarks

Narrator + F6

List of headings

Narrator + Ctrl + F

Narrator Find

Narrator + F3

Continue Find forward

Narrator + Shift + F3

Continue Find backward

 

Numeric keypad commands

Press these keys

To do this

Narrator + Home

Move to first item in window

Narrator + End

Move to last item in window

Narrator + Alt + Home

Read text from start to cursor

Ctrl + Narrator + Home

Move to beginning of text

Ctrl + Narrator + End

Move to end of text

Narrator + Left arrow

Move to previous item

Narrator + Right arrow

Move to next item

Narrator + 5 (numeric keypad)

Read item

Narrator + 5 twice quickly (numeric keypad)
Narrator + Ctrl + 5 twice quickly (numeric keypad)

Read item spelled out

Narrator + Up arrow

Read current line

Narrator + Down arrow

Start reading document

Ctrl + Narrator + Left arrow

Read previous word

Ctrl + Narrator + 5 (numeric keypad)

Read current word

Ctrl + Narrator + Right arrow

Read next word

5 (numeric keypad)

Read current character

Narrator + Page up
Ctrl + Narrator + Up arrow

Change view

Narrator + Subtract (numeric keypad)

Move Narrator cursor to system cursor

Narrator + Add (numeric keypad)

Set focus to item

Ctrl + Narrator + Add (numeric keypad)

Increase voice volume

Ctrl + Narrator + Subtract (numeric keypad)

Decrease voice volume

Alt + Narrator + Add
Alt + Narrator + Subtract

Change punctuation reading mode

Narrator + Enter

Do primary action

Narrator + Shift + Enter

Toggle search mode

 

Legacy keyboard layout

General commands

Press these keys

To do this

Windows logo key + Ctrl + N

Open Narrator settings

Windows logo key + Ctrl + Enter

Start or stop Narrator

Narrator + Esc

Stop Narrator

Narrator + 1

Toggle input learning

Narrator + Right arrow

Move to next item

Narrator + Left arrow

Move to previous item

Narrator + Up or Down arrow

Change view

Narrator + F1

Show commands list

Narrator + F2

Show commands for current item

Narrator + Enter

Do primary action

Narrator + Shift + Enter

Toggle search mode

Narrator + C

Read current time and date

Narrator + Shift + D

Describe image using an online service

Narrator + E
Narrator + Alt + F

Provide Narrator feedback

Narrator + Z

Lock Narrator key

Narrator + Shift + F12

Toggle developer mode

Narrator + X

Pass keys to application

Narrator + Num lock

Turn mouse mode on or off

Press Caps lock twice in quick succession

Turn Caps lock on or off

 

Adjust speech

Press these keys

To do this

Narrator + Page Up

Increase voice volume

Narrator + Page Down

Decrease voice volume

Narrator + Plus sign (+)
Narrator + Add (numeric keypad)

Increase voice speed

Narrator + Minus sign (-)
Narrator + Subtract (numeric keypad)

Decrease voice speed

Narrator + Alt + Plus sign (+)
Narrator + Alt + Minus sign (-)
Narrator + Alt + Add (numeric keypad)
Narrator + Alt + Subtract (numeric keypad)

Change punctuation reading mode

Narrator + A
Narrator + Ctrl + Plus sign (+)
Narrator + Ctrl + Add (numeric keypad)

Increase verbosity mode

Narrator + Ctrl + Minus sign (-)
Narrator + Ctrl + Subtract (numeric keypad)

Decrease verbosity mode

Narrator + F12

Toggle character reading

Narrator + Forward slash (/)

Read context

Alt + Narrator + Forward slash (/)

Change how much context is read (verbosity)

Ctrl + Narrator + Forward slash (/)

Change read context order

 

Read and work with text

Press these keys

To do this

Ctrl

Stop reading

Narrator + D

Read item

Narrator + S

Read item spelled out

Narrator + 0 (zero)

Read item advanced

Narrator + T

Read window title

Narrator + W

Read window

Narrator + V

Repeat phrase

Narrator + R

Read from cursor

Narrator + M

Start reading document

Narrator + H

Read document

Narrator + Close square bracket (])

Read text from start to cursor

Narrator + Shift + U

Read previous page

Narrator + Ctrl + U

Read current page

Narrator + U

Read next page

Narrator + Shift + I

Read previous paragraph

Narrator + Ctrl + I

Read current paragraph

Narrator + I

Read next paragraph

Narrator + Ctrl + M

Read previous sentence

Narrator + Ctrl + comma (,)

Read current sentence

Narrator + Ctrl + period (.)

Read next sentence

Narrator + Shift + O

Read previous line

Narrator + Ctrl + O

Read current line

Narrator + O

Read next line

Narrator + Shift + P

Read previous word

Narrator + Ctrl + P

Read current word

Narrator + P

Read next word

Narrator + Shift + Open square bracket ([)

Read previous character

Narrator + Ctrl + Open square bracket ([)

Read current character

Narrator + Open square bracket ([)

Read next character

Narrator + F

Read next group of formatting information

Shift + Narrator + F

Read previous group of formatting information

Narrator + Y

Move to beginning of text

Narrator + B

Move to end of text

Narrator + J

Jump to next heading

Narrator + Shift + J

Jump to previous heading

Narrator + L

Jump to next link

Narrator + Shift + L

Jump to previous link

Narrator + Shift + Down Arrow

Read current selection

 

Navigate tables

Press these keys

To do this

Narrator + F3

Jump to next cell in row

Narrator + Shift + F3

Jump to previous cell in row

Narrator + F4

Jump to next cell in column

Narrator + Shift + F4

Jump to previous cell in column

Narrator + F10

Read current row header

Narrator + F9

Read current column header

Narrator + F8

Read current row

Narrator + F7

Read current column

Narrator + F5

Read which row and column Narrator is in

Narrator + F6

Jump to table cell

Narrator + Shift + F6

Jump to cell contents

Narrator + K

Jump to next table

Narrator + Shift + K

Jump to previous table

 

Narrator focus commands

Press these keys

To do this

Narrator + Home

Move to first item in window

Narrator + End

Move to last item in window

Narrator + Backspace

Go back one item

Narrator + N

Move to main landmark

Narrator + G

Move Narrator cursor to system cursor

Narrator + tilde (~)

Set focus to item

Narrator + Insert

Jump to linked item

Narrator + Shift + Insert

Jump to annotated content

Ctrl + Narrator + Up arrow

Navigate to parent (when structural navigation is provided)

Ctrl + Narrator + Right arrow

Navigate to next sibling (when structural navigation is provided)

Ctrl + Narrator + Left arrow

Navigate to previous sibling (when structural navigation is provided)

Ctrl + Narrator + Down arrow

Navigate to first child (when structural navigation is provided)

Narrator + Q

Move to last item in containing area

Narrator touch gestures

Use this gesture

To do this

Touch or drag a single finger

Read what’s under your finger

Double-tap or hold with one finger and then tap anywhere on the screen with a second finger

Activate primary action

Triple-tap or hold with one finger and then double-tap anywhere on the screen with a second finger

Activate secondary action

Hold with one finger and then tap anywhere on the screen with two fingers

Start dragging or extra key options

Flick left or right with one finger

Move to next or previous item

Flick up or down with one finger

Change view

Tap once with two fingers

Stop Narrator from reading

Tap once with three fingers

Change verbosity mode

Tap once with four fingers

Show Narrator commands for the current item

Double-tap with two fingers

Show context menu

Double-tap with three fingers

Read text attributes

Double-tap with four fingers

Open search mode

Tap three times with four fingers

Show all Narrator commands

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

Scroll

Swipe left or right with three fingers

Tab forward or backward

Swipe up with three fingers

Read current window

Swipe down with three fingers

Start reading on explorable text

Swipe up or down with four fingers

Turn semantic zoom on or off where supported

Swipe left or right with four fingers

Move Narrator cursor to beginning or end of unit

 

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