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Further Details on the Coming Improvements to Narrator in Windows 10
The following blog post was written by Kelly Ford. He is Senior Program
Manager on the Windows Accessibility team.
We recently blogged about some improvements to Narrator in Windows 10
Now that some of those changes are available to Windows Insiders, we wanted
to provide you with specifics on using some of the updated features in
Narrator. These changes are currently best experienced in Windows Insider
Preview Build 14328 or newer. Some of the updated features we will cover
Faster text to speech Voices
We’ve introduced a new navigation mode to Narrator called Scan mode. When
this mode is on, you can use the UP and DOWN ARROW keys to move through
applications and web content. Scan Mode is turned on with a press of CAPS
LOCK and SPACE. While you are in Scan mode you can press SPACE to activate
an item of interest, such as following a link on a web page or pressing a
button in an app. Scan Mode is turned off with another press of CAPS
Scan Mode is also intended to make navigating tables easier and supports
common keys found in other screen readers for table navigation. Use CTRL+ALT
and ARROW KEYS when in a table to navigate by cells in a row or column.
Scan Mode has several additional hotkeys, as seen in the blow table, that you
can use to move through applications and content as well.
CAPS LOCK+SPACE Toggle Scan Mode.
SPACE Activate the item with focus in Scan Mode.
ENTER Do a secondary action on the item with focus when supported.
H Move to the next heading
SHIFT+H MOVE TO THE PREVIOUS HEADING.
ALT+DOWN ARROW Move to the previous heading.
ALT+UP ARROW Move to the previous heading.
P Move to the next paragraph.
SHIFT+P Move to the previous paragraph.
CTRL+DOWN ARROW Move to the next paragraph.
CTRL+UP ARROW Move to the previous paragraph.
K Move to the next link.
SHIFT+K Move to the previous link.
D Next landmark.
SHIFT+D Previous landmark.
T Move to next table.
SHIFT+T Move to previous table
CTRL+ALT+LEFT ARROW Move left a cell in a table.
CTRL+ALT+RIGHT ARROW Move right a cell in a table.
CTRL+ALT+DOWN ARROW Move down a cell in a table.
CTRL+ALT+UP ARROW Move up a cell in a table.
Narrator now supports six levels of verbosity for giving you more details
about the characteristics of text. For example, at what we call Verbose mode
0, you will hear just the text. At verbose mode 1, you will hear if the text
is a heading. At other verbose levels, you will get varying indications of
other text properties, like text color or formatting as an example. You can
quickly cycle through the different levels for this feature by pressing CAPS
LOCK+A. Or alternatively, you can move forward through the verbosity levels
with CAPS LOCK+CTRL+(PLUS), or move through them in reverse with CAPS
Here is a bit more detail on what’s communicated at the different Narrator
Level Summary Some Examples
Zero Text only Hear text and that is it.
One Header and Errors Help with some basics on the web and daily
typing errors in emails. Contains information such as: Heading levels, and
errors in documents such as spelling, grammar, and others.
Two Basic Formatting Designed based on commonly found information in
emails and webpages. Contains Bullet styles, Font Weight (bold), Underline,
Italics, Subscript, Superscript, and color.
Three Other Annotations Footer, Header, and unknown.
Four Extended Formatting Font Name, Font Size, other list styles.
Five Layout and animation information Paragraph starts with an
indent, type of animation, and other such data.
Narrator now supports the ability to give you more control over how much
punctuation you hear when reading text. CAPS LOCK+ALT+(PLUS) and CAPS
LOCK+ALT+(MINUS) cycle through the settings for punctuation. The settings
for punctuation include none, some, most, all and math along with default.
Faster Text to Speech
We’ve added three new voices to Narrator that offer a much faster top rate of
speech. Our current voices average a maximum of roughly 400 words per
minute. The three new voices average nearly twice that at approximately 800
words per minute. You can select one of these new voices by pressing ALT+TAB
when Narrator is running and then choosing voice settings. Select either the
David Mobile, Zira Mobile or Mark Mobile voices to get these faster speech
rates. As a reminder, CAPS LOCK+(PLUS) increases Narrator’s speaking rate
and CAPS LOCK+(MINUS) decreases the rate of speech.
Many applications in Windows 10 offer what we call AutoSuggestions as you
enter information. For example, when you start entering a search term in the
Cortana search box you will get suggestions based on what you are entering.
With Narrator you will now get a verbal hint with an audio indication when
these suggestions are available. Use CAPS LOCK+DOWN ARROW on the keyboard,
or a flick down if you are using touch, to change to the list of suggestions.
Use CAPS LOCK+RIGHT and LEFT ARROWS on a keyboard, or flicks right and left,
to move through the list of suggestions. Use CAPS LOCK+ENTER or a double tap
to pick the suggestion you want. You can alternatively use the DOWN ARROW to
move through suggestions and simply press ENTER to select the one you want to
New to Narrator
Narrator is a screen reading program that can be used by people who are blind
to access the computer, Windows phone or Xbox. If you are new to Narrator,
the program can be launched by Pressing the Windows key and Enter
simultaneously on the keyboard. You can launch Narrator on a tablet or phone
by pressing the Volume up and Start button.
Giving Us Feedback
We’d love to have your feedback on these features and your experiences with
Narrator. You can use Narrator’s own feedback command of pressing CAPS
LOCK+E twice to enter comments about your experiences and send us feedback.
Pressing CAPS LOCK+E once will let us know you are unhappy about what you are
currently doing. You can also leave us comments on our Microsoft
Accessibility User Voice
And don’t forget, If you are using Narrator or other assistive technology,
you can get technical support from the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk