Disable Narrator QuickStart Guide in Windows 10

Starting in Windows 10 version 1809 'October 2018 Update', the built-in Narrator feature now includes a new dialog, Quick Start Guide.  It is intended to teach the user the basics of using Narrator, including its keyboard shortcuts, navigation, commands you can use, and more. Here is how to disable or enable the Narrator QuickStart Guide feature.

Narrator is a screen-reading app built into Windows 10. Narrator lets users with vision issues to use PC and complete common tasks.

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.

To disable Narrator QuickStart Guide in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open the Settings app.Windows 10 Creators Update Settings 15019
  2. Go to Ease of Access -> Narrator. Windows 10 Enable Narrator
  3. On the right, enable Narrator.  Tip: You can quickly start Narrator from any app by using the global hotkey Win + Ctrl + Enter. Also, the Win + Ctrl + N keyboard shortcut will lead you directly to the settings of Narrator.
  4. Turn on the option Don't show this guide again.Windows 10 Narrator Quick Start Guide

You are done. The Narrator QuickStart Guide feature is now disabled.

Disable or Enable Narrator QuickStart Guide with a Registry Tweak

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

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

  3. On the right, create a new 32-Bit DWORD value SkipQuickStart.
    Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.
    Set its value to 1 to disable the QuickStart guide. A value data of 0 will enable it.Windows 10 Narrator Quick Start Guide Reg Tweak
  4. To make the changes done by the Registry tweak take effect, you need to sign out and sign in to your user account.

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

Download Registry Files

That's it.

Tip: see How to Change Narrator Audio Channel in Windows 10

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