Narrator screen reader

Narrator is a basic built-in screen reader that comes with Windows computers. It speaks on-screen information using a synthetic voice.

Narrator was introduced in Windows 8, and it's available in all later versions of Windows. It supports popular applications like the Office 2013 suite, and Windows 8 apps like Internet Explorer, People and Mail.

Narrator works with voices from the SAPI synthesizer that comes with Windows 8.

  • Manufacturer: Microsoft
  • Price: Free
  • Platform: Windows

Getting started with Narrator

Narrator is built into Windows 8 so there is no need to install anything. When you first turn on your Windows 8 computer, a talking message asks whether you want to use Narrator.

You will also be asked whether you want Narrator training. You can access this help information at any time from System preferences > Accessibility > Narrator training. There is also information on the Microsoft website to help you get started with Narrator.

Training and tutorials for Narrator

There are few resources available on the internet.

Getting help with Narrator

BCAB runs an email discussion forum. The BCAB forum is for discussion about all kinds of technology, so it’s a great place to get help from Narrator users in the UK. It's free to join, just create an account.