How to Turn On or Off Narrator in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to turn On or Off the Narrator in Windows 11. The Narrator is a screen-reading app built into Windows 11, so you need nothing to download or install.

The Narrator app feature in Windows helps those with limited vision or who cannot see the text clearly on their screen. The Narrator has also been improved and integrated tightly into Windows.

For example, when you open an email in Outlook, Narrator will start reading—no commands required. The Narrator will read an email’s status (unread, forwarded, etc.), who sent it, the subject line, and any other characteristics of the email that are important or unique.

For web pages, Narrator automatically reads web pages starting at the top of the page.

Below is how one turns on or off Narrator in Windows 11

How to enable or disable Narrator in Windows 11

As mentioned above, the Narrator app feature in Windows helps those with limited vision or who cannot see the text clearly on their screen.

If you want to use the Narrator app in Windows 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.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for the majority of its settings app. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + I shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings, as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. For example, in Windows Settings, click Accessibility, and select Narrator on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Accessibility > Narrator settings pane, under Use Narrator, toggle the switch to On or Off to enable or disable Narrator in Windows.

Alternatively, you can press the Windows key + CTRL + ENTER keys to turn them on or off the Narrator in Windows 11.

Once you turn on Narrator, you should immediately see a pop-up window explaining how to use Narrator and other features. Click OK to close the window and start using Narrator.

Your keyboard will default to the Standard layout. If you want to change this, go to Settings  > Accessibility  > Narrator, and choose the Legacy layout. You can also access your Narrator settings by pressing the Windows logo key  + Ctrl + N. New Narrator commands will not be available in the Legacy keyboard layout if keystrokes for legacy commands conflict with those used in new Narrator features.

You can now close the Settings app.


This post showed you how to turn the Narrator app in Windows 11 on or off. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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