Making your computer speak using Windows Narrator

Windows Narrator is a basic screen-reading program. It offers speech feedback for all menus and dialog boxes, Windows Explorer and Notepad but will not speak out a whole Word documents or web page.

To start Narrator:

  • Open the Start menu by clicking on the Start button or by pressing the Windows logo key (located between the Ctrl and Alt keys on most keyboards), alternatively press Ctrl + Esc .
  • Click on All Programs or alternatively press P on the keyboard until All Programs is highlighted and then press Enter .
  • Click on Accessories or press A on the keyboard until Accessories is highlighted and then press Enter .
  • Click on Accessibility or if you are using the keyboard, it will already be highlighted so just press Enter€˜.
  • Click on Narrator or press’ N until Narrator’ is highlighted and then press Enter€˜.
  • The Microsoft Narrator window will then appear and Narrator immediately starts talking and reads out the instructions on how to use this feature.
  • After clicking on the OK button or pressing Enter , another window appears which has various options which you can select by clicking on the checkbox or tabbing to the checkbox and pressing the Spacebar . You can also adjust the voice settings from here by clicking on the Voice button or pressing V on the keyboard.

Please note: Window’s Narrator is only available for Windows 2000 and XP.

You can also find help with making your computer speak on these other operating systems:

For LinuxFor Mac.

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