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The Narrator is a simple screen reading utility that has been available in the Windows operating system since the days of Windows XP, which is no longer supported. The Narrator tool is basically useful for visually impaired users, but can be used by anyone to hear what you see on the screen.
While voice output can be activated using the usability navigation in the Application Preferences or in the Windows 10 Control Panel, voice output can also be activated quickly using keyboard shortcuts. On Windows 10, voice output can be activated by simultaneously pressing the Windows and Enter keys.
If you accidentally turn on the speech function in Microsoft Windows 10 and hear a speaker’s voice when you type, start your computer or move your mouse over an item. You can turn it off with a simple adjustment. That’s how you do it.
How to Disable and Enable Narrator in Windows 10
To Turn On or Off Narrator in Settings
- Open the settings and click on the icon to access them more easily.
- You can also press Win+Ctrl+N to go directly to Narrative Settings.
- Click/tap on the voice output on the left side and enable or disable the voice output on the right side (default). (see screenshot below)
- You can now close the settings if you wish.
Use the key combination.
If you have enabled a keyboard shortcut for Narrator (this setting is enabled by default), you can disable Narrator by holding down Ctrl and ⊞ Win and simultaneously pressing Enter. You should hear the narrator’s voice say, “Leave the Narrator”.
If the key combination does not work for you, continue with the rest of this method.
Disabling the Narrator shortcut in the registry editor
Press Windows + R to open the Run field. Type regedit and press Enter.
When the Registry Editor opens, navigate to the next button:
In the right pane, double-click the WinEnterLaunchEnabled value.
When the Edit DWORD (32-bit) Value dialog box opens, type 0 in the Value data field and click OK.
You have now successfully disabled the Narrator shortcut. Try pressing Windows + Enter or Windows + Ctrl + Enter, Windows Narrator will not start anymore.
I have just described the steps to enable the speaker in Windows 10. If you have any problems with Narrator or if you have any problems with the above steps, let me know in the comments section so I can contact you.
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