Lock Narrator Key in Windows 10

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How to Lock the Narrator 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. You can lock the modifier key, so you do not have to press Caps Lock or Insert to execute a Narrator command.

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.

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 both Caps Lock and Insert by default. You can change the modifier keys.

Also, you can turn on special Lock Mode for the modifier key of Narrator. When it is enabled, you do not have to press the Narrator key to launch a Narrator feature. This can be done with either Settings, a hotkey, or with a Registry tweak. Let's review these methods.

To Lock the Narrator Key in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Press the Narrator key + Z to turn on the Lock feature.
  2. The Narrator key is now locked, i.e. you can press just L instead of Narrator + L to read the next word.
  3. Press the Narrator key + Z once again to turn off Lock Mode for the Narrator key.

You are done.

Alternatively, you can use the Settings app to enable or disable this feature.

To Lock the Narrator Key in Windows 10 via Settings,

  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 Choose keyboard settings section.
  5. Enable the option Lock the Narrator key so I don't have to press it for each command.

You are done. The option can be disabled at any moment of time.

Finally, you can apply a Registry tweak.

Enable Lock Narrator Modifier Key in Registry

  1. Open the Registry Editor app.
  2. Go to the following Registry key.

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

  3. On the right, modify or create a new 32-Bit DWORD value LockNarratorKeys.
    Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.
  4. Set its value data to one of the following values:
    • 0 - Disabled (default)
    • 2 - Enable the Lock Narrator Modifier Key feature.
  5. You are done.

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

Download Registry Files

That's it.

More Narrator tips:

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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