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Windows 7 Narrator - Text to Speech.

Windows 7 Narrator is a basic but powerful text to speech software package that is included with the operating system. It works in the same manner as it did in Windows Vista. Narrator will read aloud what is on screen as you navigate using both your keyboard and mouse.


Narrator Reads:

Program Windows: Switching between program windows, Narrator will announce which window currently has focus.


Keystrokes: Narrator will echo each keystroke. Note: If you type very, very slowly the echo of the keystrokes works well. If you type fast, all you hear is "space", "space", "space" and the odd letter or number between pauses.


Reads text within some programs:

Narrator will read text or selected text within some programs but not all programs. Example: Narrator reads text from Notepad, yet not many people use notepad. Narrator does not read text from Internet Explorer or Windows Mail which many or most of us will use daily. Use SpeakComputer free Text-to-Speech software for the Text-to-Speech features for Internet Explorer and Windows Mail



Configure Narrator.

To start Narrator, click start, Control Panel and double click "Ease of Access Center".


Ease of Access includes Text to Speech software called Narrator. An easy to use text to speech program that reads text aloud and program windows. 


Click "Start Narrator".


Start Windows vista narrator frm the control panel under ease of access. 


Windows 7 Narrator control panel. how to configure windows Windows 7 narrator settings including TTS voices.

On the Narrator dialog box, you can configure basic settings for how Narrator reads text aloud.


Conclusion:

Microsoft Windows 7 Narrator is very limiting in control. But what is does, it does well.



Controlling what Narrator reads aloud. Use the following keyboard short cuts to control what Narrator reads. Remember Windows 7 Narrator reads text only from certain programs, not all programs.


keyboard shortcut do this

CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER

Get information about the current item

CTRL+SHIFT+SPACEBAR

Read the entire selected window

CTRL+ALT+SPACEBAR

Read the selected window layout

ALT+HOME

Get information about the current item

ALT+END

Get a summary of the current item

INSERT+SHIFT+G

Read a description of the dependent elements of the currently selected element

INSERT+CTRL+G

Read a description of the non-dependent elements adjacent to the currently selected element

INSERT+CTRL+HOME

Enter Virtual Menu navigation mode, which allows you to access Narrator commands without switching from the program that you're currently working with

CTRL

Stop Narrator from reading text

INSERT+Q

Move the text selection to the start of the previous text pattern

INSERT+W

Move the text selection to the start of the next text pattern

INSERT+E

Move the text selection to the start of the current text pattern

INSERT+R

Move the text selection to the end of the current text pattern

INSERT+F2

Select all of the text with the current text pattern

INSERT+F3

Read the current character

INSERT+F4

Read the current word

INSERT+F5

Read the current line

INSERT+F6

Read the current paragraph

INSERT+F7

Read the current page

INSERT+F8

Read the current document



 
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