Narrator Screen Reader Tutorial Podcasts by David Woodbridge
iSee – Using various technologies from a blind persons perspective.
Narrator is a screen reader utility included in Microsoft Windows that reads text, dialog boxes and window controls in most applications for Windows. Originally developed by Professor Paul Blenkhorn in 2000, the utility made the Windows operating system more accessible for blind and low vision users.
In the October 2018 release of Windows 10 Narrator’s functions and keyboard commands have been dramatically expanded. We are now at a point in it’s development that it will start to rival the third party screen readers we have become accustomed to using in the Windows environment. Finally, it might be said that PC computers purchased off the shelf are accessible to blind and low vision users out of the box.
The latest version of Windows 10 is the October 2018 Update, version “1809,” which was released on October 2, 2018. The below tutorial podcasts only apply to the latest version 1809, so please check to see the current version running in your computer.
How do I know what version I’m running?
To determine whether or not these tutorials apply to Narrator in your computer you can check your version number as follows:
- Press and release the Windows Key and type the word Run, or merely hold down the Windows key and press the letter R.
- In the window that pops up type the text, WinVer and press the Enter key. Typing immediately will replace any text that might already be there.
- The computer will display, and your screen reader will speak the version of your operating system. If it indicates you’re running version 1809 Narrator will function as outlined in these podcasts, however if your computer is still running an older version please disregard these tutorials for now. Press the Space Bar to close this dialog.
The Complete Guide to Narrator on the Microsoft Windows Help Page:
Click here to access the Complete Narrator’s Guide on the Windows Help Page.
David Woodbridge produces great podcasts under the title, iSee – Using various technologies from a blind persons perspective. Below are the links to each individual podcast for you to Stream in your favourite podcatcher.
Narrator Tutorial Podcasts from iSee – Using various technologies from a blind persons perspective by David Woodbridge:
- Demo of the Windows Insider build for the new Narrator Quick Start Guide
- Windows 10 Narrator Series Episode 1 – turning Narrator on and off
- Windows 10 Narrator Series Episode 2 – Narrator keys and Input (keyboard and touch screen) Learning mode
- Windows 10 Narrator Series Episode 3 – adjusting speech rate, Volume, Punctuation, and a tip on Verbosity
- Windows 10 Narrator Series Episode 4 – changing Volume, Pitch, Audio Ducking, and an initial intro to Scan Mode
- Windows 10 Narrator Series Episode 5 Startup options for Narrator including Narrator Home
- Windows 10 Narrator Series Episode 6 – Typing Echo and Keyboard Settings
- Windows 10 Narrator Series Episode 7 – Navigating within a document with Narrator keyboard commands
- Windows 10 Narrator Series Episode 8 – Scan Mode, Narrator Views, and using Narrator Gestures with the Touch Screen
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