Read by Sentence in Narrator in Windows 10

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Starting with Windows 10 build 18262, the built-in Narrator app now comes with a new feature 'Read by Sentence'. Here is how to use 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.

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 read by sentence in Narrator in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Ease of Access -> Narrator. 
  3. On the right, enable Narrator.
  4. While reading, you can use the following keyboard shortcuts to read by sentence:
    Caps Lock + Ctrl + . (Period) to Read next sentence
    Caps Lock + Ctrl + , (Comma) to Read current sentence
    Caps Lock + Ctrl + M to Read previous sentence

You are done.

Tip: The different views in Narrator include items, characters, words, lines, paragraphs, headings, links, form fields, tables, landmarks, and suggestions. To change views, you can use the following commands:

Caps Lock + Page up and Caps Lock + Page down
Caps Lock + Ctrl + Up arrow and Caps Lock + Ctrl + Down arrow

To navigate by the view that you’ve selected, press Caps Lock + Left arrow or Caps Lock + Right arrow. In the Sometimes, you’ll need to press Caps Lock + Enter to use an element, like links or suggestions.

That's it.

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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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