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Change Audio Output Device for Narrator in Windows 10

How to Change Audio Output Device for Narrator 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. In recent Windows 10 builds you can change the audio output device for Narrator. Let's see how it can be done.

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.

Change Audio Output Device for Narrator in Windows 10,

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Ease of Access -> Narrator.
  3. On the right, enable Narrator if required.
  4. Scroll down to the Personalize Narrator's voice section.
  5. Select the desired audio device from the Select where you here Narrator's voice drop down list.

You are done.

Note: The changes you made will be saved under the following Registry branch:

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Narrator\NoRoam

See the string values DesiredAudioChannel and DisplayedAudioChannel.

That's it.

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