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Hear text read aloud with Narrator (Windows 7)

Hear text read aloud with Narrator

Applies to Windows 7

 

Windows comes with a basic screen reader called Narrator, which reads text on the screen aloud and describes some events (such as an error message appearing) that happen while you're using the computer.

Narrator is not available in all languages, so if the steps below don't work, Narrator is not available for your language.

  1. To open Narrator click the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then, in the search box, type Narrator. In the list of results, click Narrator.

  2. Use the keyboard shortcuts in the following table to specify which text you want Narrator to read:

    Use this keyboard shortcutTo do this

    Ctrl+Shift+Enter

    Get information about the current item

    Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar

    Read the entire selected window

    Ctrl+Alt+Spacebar

    Read the items that are selected in the current window

    Insert+Ctrl+G

    Read a description of the items that appear next to the currently selected element

    Ctrl

    Stop Narrator from reading text

    Insert+Q

    Move the cursor backward to the beginning of any preceding text that has different formatting. For example, the cursor moves from a bold word to the beginning of a non-bold word that precedes it.

    Insert+W

    Move the cursor to the beginning of any text that follows it that has different formatting. For example, the cursor moves from a bold word to the beginning of a non-bold word that follows it.

    Insert+E

    Move the cursor back to the beginning of any text that has the same formatting. For example, the cursor moves from the middle of a bold word to the beginning of that word.

    Insert+R

    Move the cursor to the end of any text that has the same formatting. For example, the cursor moves from the middle of a bold word to the end of that word.

    Insert+F2

    Select all of the text that has the same formatting as the character at the cursor

    Insert+F3

    Read the current character

    Insert+F4

    Read the current word

    Insert+F5

    Read the current line

    Insert+F6

    Read the current paragraph

    Insert+F7

    Read the current page

    Insert+F8

    Read the current document

Note

  • The Insert key is used for Narrator commands, so when you press Insert while Narrator is running, you won't be able to insert characters. To use the Insert key to insert characters while Narrator is running, press Insert+I and then the characters you want to add.

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