This section explains how to use and customise Narrator in Windows 11. This is a step-by-step guide with pictures of the screens to help.
1. To start Narrator press the Windows key + Ctrl + Enter on your keyboard. Narrator will read aloud items on the screen, including buttons and menus, as you select them or navigate through them using the keyboard. It will also read aloud any text that you select.
2. Press the Narrator shortcut key – by default this is the Capslock or Insert key – and the left or right arrow keys to skip to the previous or next item on the screen. Press the same key and Esc to quit the Narrator.
3. When Narrator first launches you may see a note about updates. If so, click OK to go through to the Narrator Home screen. This includes a quick start guide and a link to the complete guide to Narrator online.
4. You can also start and customise Narrator though the Accessibility settings. Press the Windows logo key + U and click on Narrator in the Vision section.
5. Click the toggle switch for Narrator to turn it on. Tick the checkbox next to Start narrator before sign-in or Start narrator after sign-in if you want Narrator to start automatically when Windows launches.
6. Scroll down to the Narrator’s voice section, and you can click the Voice drop-down menu to select another voice. Click Add voices to install additional voice packages for Narrator and other Windows accessibility features.
7. Move the Speed, Pitch and Volume sliders to adjust Narrator’s voice to make it easier and understand. Move the sliders to the left to go lower or slower, and to the right to go higher or faster
8. Click the toggle switch for Lower the volume of other apps when Narrator is speaking if you find that background noise or music from other apps makes Narrator hard to hear.
9. Scroll down to the Verbosity settings and use the drop-down menus for Verbosity level and Context level for buttons and controls to adjust how much information Narrator gives you on each text item, button or control. If you find you’re getting bombarded with too much detail, these options can help.
10. The settings under Have Narrator announce when I type can be used to select how much detail Narrator goes into when it’s reading text as you type.
Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings are managed by someone else (an IT department or administrator for example). If so, you will need to contact them to access these settings or for help.