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Microsoft screen reader

Narrator is a screen-reading app built into Windows 10.

Developed in 2000, the utility made the Windows operating system more accessible for blind and visually impaired users.  Narrator lets you use your PC without a display or mouse to complete common tasks if you’re blind or have low vision. It reads and interacts with things on the screen, like text and buttons and can help you read and write emails, browse the internet, and work with documents.

Windows 2000 was the first Microsoft operating system released with some degree of accessibility for the blind built in, permitting a blind person to walk up to any such computer and make some use of it immediately.

Narrator can assist a blind person in installing a full-function screen reader, assisting the user until their screen reader of choice is up and running.

In Windows 10, Narrator is available in English (United States, United Kingdom, and India), French, Italian, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Chinese Simplified and Chinese Traditional), Cantonese (Chinese Traditional), Spanish (Spain and Mexico), Polish, Russian, and Portuguese (Brazil).

A version of Narrator is also included in all Windows Phones, though with far fewer settings than the Narrator for the desktop.


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Page last reviewed: 13/04/2018

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