Narrator is built into every PC computer, if you are running Microsoft products and their operating systems (OS).
If you are using talking software already and you use the following hotkey, the double speech may get annoying, so turn it off. Narrator is a basic program. If you do not have talking software on your machine and need to get it installed, this is a way you can do it independently. It is a basic talking program and does not come close to a speech program such as JAWS, but it does help you to get things setup.
In Windows 7, Hit your Start Key+U also known as the Windows key with the Logo+ U – hit ALT+N to start narrator…if you are blind, you are going to walk by faith as you turn on your computer with NO speech and just do those 2 commands and narrator will start speaking to you. A dialog box will open with options, just TAB through to select the ones you want to use and continue with your work on the machine.
In XP, hitting the Start Key+U will immediately get Narrator talking. A dialog box will open with options–down arrow to listen to the options, then TAB to your next options, then TAB to OK.
This is a wonderful option for anyone who needs speech to get things setup on his or her new computer or fix one where the speech has gone down.
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