Narrator reads aloud the text on your PC screen. It also describes events such as notifications and calendar appointments, which lets you use your PC without a display.

To start or stop Narrator, press Windows logo key + Ctrl + Enter. To see all Narrator commands, press Caps Lock + F1 after you open Narrator. If your device has a touchscreen, tap it three times with four fingers.

Note: For detailed info about how to use Narrator, including a complete list of Narrator keyboard commands, see Complete guide to Narrator.

Use Scan Mode to get going fast

Scan Mode can help you navigate apps and webpages more quickly. To turn Scan Mode on or off, press Caps lock + Spacebar.

When Scan Mode is turned on, press the up and down arrow keys to move to the next or previous line of text in an app or webpage. Press the right and left arrow keys to move to the next or previous character. To activate an item such as a button, press the Spacebar.

You can also navigate by word or paragraph. Press Ctrl + Left arrow and Ctrl + Right arrow to move by word. Press Ctrl + Up arrow and Ctrl + Down arrow to move by paragraph.

Narrator settings

Note: Narrator is available in Arabic (Egypt, Saudi Arabia), Catalan (Spain), Cantonese (Chinese Traditional), Czech, Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands, Belgium), English (United States, United Kingdom, India, Ireland), Finnish (Finland), French (France, Canada, Switzerland), German (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Chinese Simplified and Chinese Traditional), Norwegian (Norway), Polish, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish (Spain and Mexico), Swedish (Sweden), Thai, Turkish (Turkey).

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