Turning off Windows Narrator
Q: I accidentally turned on Windows’ “text-to-speech” software, and I can’t find out how to turn off that annoying voice.
A: Windows Narrator, a text-to-voice translation program, gives the vision-impaired a chance at using a PC. Narrator dutifully reads Windows’ menus and text, but in an irritating, robotic voice.
Unfortunately, it’s too easy to turn on accidentally, and Microsoft hid the kill switch: Every time you turn on your PC, Windows Narrator begins reading menus, keystrokes, and other onscreen text.
If you’ve accidentally turned on Windows Narrator, follow these steps to put a sock in its mouth:
- Click the Start menu, and choose Control Panel.
- Click the Ease of Access category.
- Choose the Ease of Access Center.
- In the Explore All Settings area, click Use the Computer without a Display.
- Uncheck the checkbox called “Turn On Narrator,” then click the OK button. (The narrator will continue to announce everything you’re doing.)
- Finally, either restart your PC or close the Narrator’s program icon from your taskbar.
The Narrator will no longer return whenever you restart your computer.