Windows 8.1 Accessibility Features : Narrator

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In addition to the Ease of Access Center, Windows includes three programs that can make it easier to interact with your computer.

Magnifier. Magnifier is a program that magnifies a portion of your computer screen, making it easier to read. For more information about using Magnifier, see Make items on the screen appear bigger (Magnifier).

Narrator. Narrator is a program that reads the text on your screen aloud. For more information about using Narrator, see Hear text read aloud with Narrator.

On-Screen Keyboard. On-Screen Keyboard is a program that lets you use your mouse or other device to interact with a keyboard on the screen. For more information about using On-Screen Keyboard, see Type without using the keyboard (On-Screen Keyboard).

The most commonly used accessibility options are available in PC settings. To get to them, swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap Settings (or if you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and click Settings), tap or click Change PC settings, and then tap or click Ease of Access.

You can also get to accessibility settings from the desktop. To do this, press the Windows logo key Windows logo key + U.

Starting Narrator

There are different ways to start Narrator. These are the four ways many people prefer:

  • On a keyboard, press the Windows logo key Windows logo key +Enter.
  • On a tablet, press the Windows logo button Windows logo key and Volume Up button together.
  • On the sign-in screen, tap or click the Ease of accessEase of Access button button in the lower-left corner and choose Narrator.
  • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you’re using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.) Tap or clickEase of Access, tap or click Narrator, and then move the slider under Narrator to turn it on.

Exiting Narrator

There are also different ways to exit Narrator. These are the two shortcuts many people prefer:

  • On a keyboard, press the Windows logo key Windows logo key +Enter.
  • On a tablet, press the Windows logo button Windows logo key and Volume Up button together.

New keyboard shortcuts

Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 have new keyboard shortcuts too. Here are a few helpful ones.

Use this keyboard shortcut

To do this

Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+C

Open the charms (Search, Share, Start, Devices, Settings)

Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Z

Show app commands like Save, Edit, and Delete

Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+period

Snap apps to the side

Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Tab or Alt+Tab

Switch apps

Use this keyboard shortcut

To do this

Ctrl

Stop reading

Windows logo key Windows logo key +Enter

Exit Narrator

Caps Lock+Space

Do primary action

Caps Lock+Right arrow

Move to next item

Caps Lock+Left Arrow

Move to previous item

Caps Lock+Up arrow

Change view

Caps Lock+Down arrow

Change view

Caps Lock + A

Change verbosity mode

Caps Lock+F1

Show commands list

Caps Lock+F2

Show commands for current item

Caps Lock+F3

Jump to next cell in row

Caps Lock+Shift+F3

Jump to previous cell in row

Caps Lock+F4

Jump to next cell in column

Caps Lock+Shift+F4

Jump to previous cell in column

Caps Lock+F5

Read which row and column Narrator is in

Caps Lock+F6

Jump to table cell

Caps Lock+F7

Read current column

Caps Lock+F8

Read current row

Caps Lock+F9

Read current column header

Caps Lock+F10

Read current row header

Caps Lock+F11

Toggle touch mode on/off

Caps Lock+F12

Toggle keystroke announcements

Caps Lock+Z

Lock Narrator Key

Caps Lock+X

Pass keys to app

Caps Lock+V

Repeat last phrase

Caps Lock+Page Up

Increase voice volume

Caps Lock+Page Down

Decrease voice volume

Caps Lock+Plus

Increase voice speed

Caps Lock+Minus

Decrease voice speed

Caps Lock+D

Read item

Caps Lock+F

Read item advanced

Caps Lock+S

Read item spelled out or read detailed reading for Japanese or Korean

Caps Lock+W

Read Window

Caps Lock+R

Read all items in containing area

Caps Lock+Q

Move to last item in containing area

Caps Lock+G

Move Narrator cursor to system cursor

Caps Lock+T

Move Narrator cursor to pointer

Caps Lock+Tilde

Set focus to item

Caps Lock+Backspace

Go back one item

Caps Lock+Insert

Jump to linked item

Caps Lock+M

Start reading

Caps Lock+Close bracket

Read text from start to cursor

Caps Lock+O

Read text attributes

Caps Lock+H

Read document

Caps Lock+U

Read next page

Caps Lock+Ctrl+U

Read current page

Caps Lock+Shift+U

Read previous page

Caps Lock+I

Read next paragraph

Caps Lock+Ctrl+I

Read current paragraph

Caps Lock+Shift+I

Read previous paragraph

Caps Lock+O

Read next line

Caps Lock+Ctrl+O

Read current line

Caps Lock+Shift+O

Read previous line

Caps Lock+P

Read next word

Caps Lock+Ctrl+P

Read current word

Caps Lock+Shift+P

Read previous word

Caps Lock+Open bracket

Read next character

Caps Lock+Ctrl+Open bracket

Read current character

Caps Lock+Shift+Open bracket

Read previous character

Caps Lock+J

Jump to next heading

Caps Lock+Shift+J

Jump to previous heading

Caps Lock+K

Jump to next table

Caps Lock+Shift+K

Jump to previous table

Caps Lock+L

Jump to next link

Caps Lock+Shift+L

Jump to previous link

Caps Lock+Y

Move to beginning of text

Caps Lock+B

Move to end of text

Caps Lock+C

Read current date/time

ref :microsoft

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