Starting in Windows 10 build 18272, Narrator will now alert you when you are accidentally typing with Caps Lock turned on. The setting is enabled by default. Here is how to enable or disable it.
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.
The Narrator alerts feature will work even if you have character echo option (“Hear characters as you type”) disabled, and it will work in edit fields as well as password field. By default, Narrator will always alert you regardless of presses of the Shift key as you type alphabetic characters. But you can choose to only be alerted when you press the Shift key together with an alphabetic character, or you can disable the feature altogether.
In this initial release, the sound effect you hear will sound like the standard Narrator error sound. Here is how to disable or enable this feature.
Turn On or Off Narrator Caps Lock Warnings While Typing in Windows 10
- Open the Settings app.
- Go to Ease of Access -> Narrator.
- On the right, configure the Change when you receive Caps Lock warnings while typing option. Set it either to Always, Only when pressing Shift, or Don't warn.
- Close the Settings app.
Tip: You can press the Ctrl+Win+N keys to open the Narrator settings page directly.
Alternatively, you can change the Narrator Caps Lock alerts with a Registry tweak.
Using a Registry tweak
- Open the Registry Editor app.
- Go to the following Registry key.
See how to go to a Registry key with one click.
- On the right, create a new 32-Bit DWORD value CapsLockAlert.
Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.
- 0 - Always
- 1 - Only when pressing Shift
- 2 - Don't warn
- To make the changes done by the Registry tweak take effect, you need to sign out and sign in to your user account. Alternatively, you can restart the Explorer shell.
To save your time, you can download these ready-to-use Registry files:
The undo tweak is included.