Microsoft has offered a screen and text-to-speech reader for some time now. It’s called Narrator, and basically, with every action you make inside Windows 10, Narrator will read that off to you. Primarily, it’s designed for the visually impaired, or those who rely on assistive technologies to get around a computer. Today, we’re going to show you how you can turn Narrator on and some of the neat things it can do.

Enabling the Windows 10 Narrator

Turning on Narrator is quite easy. All you need to do is open the Start menu, click on the gear icon to access Settings, and then under Ease of Access, you should see the Narrator tab.

Basically, you’ll just want to click on the Narrator slider so that it reads “On.” And as simple as that, the text-to-speech reader is enabled!

You can also move the Start Narrator Automatically slider to “On,” which will enable Narrator right away when you start Windows 10.

Moving a little bit lower down the Settings options, you’ll see that you can change the voice of the Narrator, too. This basically allows you to choose between more computerized voices and voices that sound natural. You can use the Speed, Pitch and Intonation settings to play around with the values of how the voice is spoken, making it sound the most natural for you.

And, of course, under “Sounds you hear”  you can choose what types of things Narrator reads off. Under “Cursor and keys,” you have some other basic settings, like highlighting the cursor, having the insertion point follow Narrator and so on.


By following the steps above, we hope we helped you make Windows 10 all that more accessible to you. If you need more assistance, be sure to leave a comment below or join us over in the PCMech Forums.