Using Narrator Screen Reader in Windows


The narrator is a screen reader application with Windows 10 operating systems. 


  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff


To access it, go to the search bar at the bottom left of the screen.  Type “narrator.” 

To turn it on, go to the Narrator App and click on it.  (Figure 1)

Figure 1:  Narrator App Button from Search 

The narrator will open and start reading whatever is in the active screen area.  The first pane is a Narrator window.   (Figure 2) 

Figure 2:  Narrator App Opening Window 


In the above window, you can click OK to access more information about Narrator.  (Figure 3) 

Figure 3:  Welcome to Narrator (window)  

Test readability of information via a screen reader 

Often, those building learning contents for students will test the accessibility of such information by trialing the work with Narrator.  

A toggle can be set to enable easy starting and stopping of the Narrator (“Start or stop Narrator,” 2021). 

Customized voice settings may also be set (“Customizing Narrator,” 2021)

For more advanced tips, please see the reference below.  



Chapter 7:  Customizing Narrator.  (2021).  Microsoft Corporation.

Complete guide to Narrator.  (2021).  Microsoft Corporation.

Start or stop Narrator.  (2021).  Microsoft Corporation.

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