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.
To open Narrator click the Start button , and then, in the search box, type Narrator. In the list of results, click Narrator.
Use the keyboard shortcuts in the following table to specify which text you want Narrator to read:
Use this keyboard shortcut To do this
Get information about the current item
Read the entire selected window
Read the items that are selected in the current window
Read a description of the items that appear next to the currently selected element
Stop Narrator from reading text
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.
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.
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.
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.
Select all of the text that has the same formatting as the character at the cursor
Read the current character
Read the current word
Read the current line
Read the current paragraph
Read the current page
Read the current document
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.