How to turn off narrator in Windows 7 (screen reader)



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How to Turn Off the Microsoft Narrator Start Up

Two Parts:

This wikiHow teaches you how to turn off and then disable the built-in screen reader on a Windows computer.

Steps

Turning Off Narrator

  1. Use the shortcut key combination.If you have a keyboard shortcut enabled for Narrator (this setting is enabled by default), you can turn off Narrator when it's on by holding down and while pressingEnter. You should hear the Narrator voice say "Exiting Narrator".
    • If the keyboard shortcut doesn't work for you, proceed with the rest of this method.
  2. Exit the Narrator window.If Narrator is enabled, you can exit it by clickingExit Narratorat the bottom of the Narrator window (or by clicking theXin the top-right corner of the window).
  3. Force-quit Narrator.If Narrator won't stop reading on-screen text long enough to allow you to do anything, you can force it to quit by doing the following:
    • PressCtrl+Shift+Escto bring up the Task Manager program.
    • Find and click theScreen Readeroption in the list of programs on the Processes tab.
    • Double-clickEnd taskin the bottom-right corner of the window.

Disabling Narrator

  1. Open Start .Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
    • If Narrator is currently running, opening Start will cause Narrator to read aloud different options, including Cortana's name. This can trigger Cortana to start listening for audio input, so it's best to turn off Narrator before this point.
  2. Open the Ease of Access Center.Type inease of access, then clickEase of Access Centerat the top of the Start window.
  3. Click theUse the computer without a displaylink.It's directly under the "Explore all settings" heading in the middle of the page.
  4. Uncheck the "Turn on Narrator" box.This option is near the top of the window. Doing so indicates that you no longer want Narrator to turn on whenever you sign in.
  5. ClickApply.It's at the bottom of the page. This applies your settings.
  6. Click .Doing so confirms your changes and exits the menu. Narrator should no longer turn on when you log into your computer.

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  • Question
    Is there another way to get Narrator to start?
    wikiHow Contributor
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    Try Windows logo key + Enter. This should start up the Narrator used on Microsoft computers.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How do I turn off Microsoft Narrator in Windows 7?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Go to Control Panel -> Ease of Access -> Ease of Access Center -> Explore all Settings -> Use the computer without a display. Uncheck the checkbox by Turn on Narrator and click Save. That should turn it off.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    After I exit the narrator my screen stays blank. Do you have any suggestions?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Press the power button to turn it off then turn it back on again. Then you should be able to exit the screen.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How can I turn off the narrator?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Go to 'ease of access' and turn off 'narrator.' If you have Cortana and Windows 10 just, open up the 'ease of access' center and there will be a switch that turns off narrator when you sign in.
    Thanks!
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  • In most cases, you can disable Narrator by pressing theCtrl+Win+Enterkey combination.
  • On Windows tablets, you'll press the button and the Volume Up button at the same time to exit the Narrator.

Warnings

  • If you don't begin typing into Start quickly enough while Narrator is enabled, Narrator can inadvertently open Cortana by saying her name.

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