How to Enable or Disable Screen Reader in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to turn On or Off Narrator or Screen Reader in Ubuntu Linux.

Screen Reader (Narrator) is a screen-reading feature that’s built into Ubuntu Linux, so there’s nothing you need to download or install.

The Narrator (Orca) app feature in Ubuntu Linux helps those with limited vision or those who are unable to see text clearly on their screen. Narrator has also been improved and integrated tightly in Ubuntu Linux.

The Orca screen reader can speak the user interface. Depending on how you installed your system, you might not have Orca installed. If not, install Orca first.

For web pages, Screen Reader automatically reads webpages starting at the top of the page.

Below is how one turns on or off Narrator or Screen Reader in Ubuntu Linux.

How to enable or disable Screen Reader in Ubuntu Linux

As mentioned above, the Screen Reader feature in Ubuntu Linux helps those with limited vision or those who are unable to see text clearly on their screen.

If you want to use the Screen Reader in Ubuntu Linux because you’re having difficulties seeing text clearly on your screen or want to turn it off because you don’t need it, the steps below show you how.

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

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Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings as highlighted below.

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In the Settings app, click on Accessibility tile to open the panel.

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In the System Settings -> Accessibility panel, under Seeing, select Screen Reader tile to expand.

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On the Screen Reader pop-up window, toggle the Screen Reader switch to the On position to enable.

To disable, toggle the switch back to the Off position.

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When you enable Screen Reader, you will be able to turn Screen Reader on and off by clicking the accessibility icon in the top bar and selecting Screen Reader.

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That should do it! You can now close the Settings app.

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable Screen Reader in Ubuntu Linux. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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