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 versions, the Win+Ctrl+Enter keyboard shortcut is assigned to turn on the Narrator. Here is how to enable or disable it.
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.
You can assign or release the Win+Ctrl+Enter keyboard shortcut to enable or disable Narrator for your user account in Windows 10 using either Settings or a Registry tweak.
To disable the Narrator keyboard shortcut in Windows 10, do the following.
- Open the Settings app.
- Go to Ease of Access -> Narrator.
- On the right, disable the option Allow the shortcut key to start Narrator to disable the Win + Ctrl + Enter shortcut.
- You can re-enable the shortcut at any moment by enabling the mentioned option.
You are done. Alternatively, you can apply a Registry tweak.
Disable Narrator Keyboard Shortcut with 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 WinEnterLaunchEnabled.
Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.
Set its value to 1 to enable the shortcut. A value data of 0 will disable it.
- 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 ready-to-use Registry files.
The undo tweak is included.
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