How to Turn On or Off Narrator in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to turn On or Off Narrator in Windows 11. Narrator is a screen-reading app that’s built into Windows 11, so there’s nothing you need to download or install.

The Narrator app feature in Windows helps those with limited vision or those who are unable to see text clearly on their screen. Narrator has also been improved and integrated tightly in Windows.

For example, when you open an email in Outlook, Narrator will start reading—no commands required. Narrator will read an email’s status (unread, forwarded, etc.), who sent it, the subject line, and any other characteristics of the email that are important or unique.

For web pages, Narrator automatically reads webpages starting at the top of the page.

Below is how one turns on or off Narrator in Windows 11

How to enable or disable Narrator in Windows 11

As mentioned above, the Narrator app feature in Windows helps those with limited vision or those who are unable to see text clearly on their screen.

If you want to use the Narrator app in Windows because you’re having difficulties seeing text clearly on your screen, or want to turn it off because you don’t need it, the steps below show you how.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings app. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Accessibility, and select Narrator on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 turn on narrator

On the Accessibility > Narrator settings pane, under Use Narrator, toggle the switch to On or Off to enable or disable Narrator in Windows.

windows 11 turn on narrator toggle switch

Alternatively, you can also press the Windows key + CTRL + ENTER keys to turn on or off Narrator in Windows 11.

Once you turn on Narrator, you should immediately see a pop up window explaining some details on how to use Narrator and other features. Click OK to close the window and start using Narrator.

windows 11 narrator turned on pop up

Your keyboard will default to the Standard layout. If you want to change this, go to Settings  > Accessibility  > Narrator, and choose the Legacy layout. You can also get to your Narrator settings by pressing Windows logo key  + Ctrl + N. New Narrator commands will not be available in the Legacy keyboard layout if keystrokes for legacy commands conflict with those used in new Narrator features.

You can now close the Settings app.

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to turn on or off Narrator app in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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