Change Narrator Modifier Key in Windows 10

How to Change Narrator Modifier Key in Windows 10

As you may already know, Narrator is a screen-reading app built into Windows 10. Narrator lets users with vision issues to use PC and complete common tasks. To use its specific commands, you can press a key sequence that includes the modifier keys. Here's how to specify which keys to use as the Narrator modifier keys.

Microsoft describes the Narrator feature as follows:

Narrator lets you use your PC without a display or mouse to complete common tasks if you’re blind or have low vision. It reads and interacts with things on the screen, like text and buttons. Use Narrator to read and write email, browse the Internet, and work with documents.

Specific commands let you navigate Windows, the web, and apps, as well as get info about the area of the PC you're in. Navigation is available using headings, links, landmarks, and more. You can read text (including punctuation) by page, paragraph, line, word, and character as well as determine characteristics like font and text color. Efficiently review tables with row and column navigation.

Narrator also has a navigation and reading mode called Scan Mode. Use it to get around Windows 10 using just the up and down arrows on your keyboard. You can also use a braille display to navigate your PC and read text.

Windows 10 allows to customize options for Narrator. You can change its keyboard shortcuts, personalize Narrator's voice, enable Caps Lock warnings, and more. You can choose the voice for Narrator, adjust the speaking rate, pitch, and volume.

Windows 10 1903 Narrator Page

The Narrator supports Scan mode that lets you navigate apps, email, and webpages using the arrow keys. You’ll also be able to use common keyboard shortcuts to read text and jump directly to headings, links, tables, and landmarks.

To launch certain Narrator features, you can use its keyboard shortcuts. The keyboard shortcuts include a special modifier key, which is set to Caps Lock by default. You can customize it with either Settings, or with a Registry tweak.

To Change Narrator Modifier Key in Windows 10,

  1. Open the Settings app.Windows 10 Creators Update Settings 15019
  2. Go to Ease of Access -> Narrator.Windows 10 1903 Narrator Page
  3. On the right, enable Narrator if required.
  4. Scroll down to the Choose keyboard settings section.
  5. From the Select Narrator modifier key drop down list, select Caps Lock or Insert, Caps Lock, or Insert to set the appropriate modifier.Windows 10 Change Narrator Modifier Key
  6. Note: You will only be able to customize the modifier key if you have enabled the Standard keyboard layout for Narrator.

You are done.

Alternatively, you can apply a Registry tweak.

Change Narrator Modifier Key in Registry

  1. Open the Registry Editor app.
  2. Go to the following Registry key.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Narrator\NoRoam

    See how to go to a Registry key with one click.

  3. On the right, modify or create a new 32-Bit DWORD value NarratorModifiers.
    Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.Windows 10 Change Narrator Modifier Key Tweak
  4. Set its value data to one of the following values:
    • 1 - Caps Lock
    • 2 - Insert
    • 3 - Caps Lock or Insert
  5. You are done.

To save your time, you can download the following Registry files:

Download Registry Files

That's it.

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