How to Turn Off Narrator Voice in Windows 10

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Want to know how to turn off the narrator voice in Windows 10?

The Narrator Voice is a new feature that comes with the Windows 10 update. It assists the user by reading screen texts out loud and giving alerts every time a notification pops up. 

Although Microsoft offers specific methods to turn the Narrator on or off, many people have reported that it can be unintentionally activated through a shortcut. While this feature is beneficial for users with visual disabilities, it can be pretty annoying when not needed.

If you’re going through a similar problem, don’t fret! In this article, we have provided five ways that will help you quickly turn off Narrator Voice in Windows 10. We’ll be guiding you through each method in detail. You can apply whichever option appears to be more appropriate in your situation.

Without further ado, let’s get started!

1. Turn Off Narrator Voice in Windows 10 Using Settings.

We know all settings can be accessed through the Control Panel. In it, Microsoft lets you modify system configurations and accessibility options according to your needs. So, this is the first place most people check when wanting to change certain preferences.

Navigating to Windows settings provides a straightforward approach to disable the Narrator. It doesn’t require much of your time as all the options are just a few clicks away.

Here are the steps you need to follow in order to turn off the Narrator Voice using the Windows Settings:

  1. To begin, go to the Windows settings by either clicking on the Windows icon on the bottom-left part of your screen or by pressing the Windows key from your keyboard.
  2. Next, click on the Settings gear icon, present on the left side of the Windows menu.
Settings gear icon in Windows 10
  1. From there, you’ll come across multiple options. Select Ease of Access, appearing on the bottom-left corner.
Windows 10 settings
  1. Then, under the Vision tab on the left pane, click on the Narrator option.
  2. Finally, turn the toggle Off under the Use Narrator section.
Turn off Narrator Voice is Windows 10
  1. Also, make sure that under the Start-up Options, the Start Narrator after sign-in for me and Start Narrator before sign-in for everyone boxes are checked off.

To know that the Narrator is turned off, you should hear the Narrator Voice one last time saying, “Exiting Narrator”. Now, you can proceed with your work without disturbance.

2. Use Your Keyboard to Turn Off Narrator Voice in Windows 10.

Microsoft understands the potential of a keyboard to perform most operations that a mouse can. Hence, they have incorporated keyboard shortcuts to perform most tasks, making certain operations quickly accessible. So, if the previous method seems like too much of an effort, then you can use your keyboard to turn off the Narrator Voice.

Following are the steps to turn the Narrator off using your keyboard:

  1. Then, hold down Windows + Ctrl + Enter simultaneously.
  2. After that, a dialogue box will pop up, and the Narrator Voice will be activated automatically. Click Turn Off Narrator to disable it.
Disable Narrator using keyboard

If you have your settings customized to not allows this keyboard shortcut, do the following steps first:

  1. Click on Settings, then go to Ease of Access
  2. From there, go to Narrator and check the box that says Allow the shortcut key to start Narrator.
Turn off Narrator Voice in Windows 10

If you’ve followed each step carefully, you will have disabled the Narrator Voice on your computer. The same shortcut can be used to toggle the feature back on, so you can still easily use it again in the future.

3. Close Narrator Window to Turn Off Narrator Voice.

Perhaps the most obvious way to turn off the Narrator Voice is to find the software interface and navigate from there. It can be a bit of a hassle to do that when you’re in the middle of doing something else but it’s as straightforward as a solution can be. Yes, the Narrator Voice will stop mid-narration if you close the application window.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. When the Narrator activates, a window will show up. 
  2. To turn the feature off, click on the X icon at the top right corner of the window or click on Exit the Window when you right-click on the Narrator icon from the taskbar. 
Welcome to Narrator window

When turning it off, the Narrator Voice will say, “Exiting Narrator”. This will confirm that you’ve successfully performed the action.

4. Turn Off Narrator Voice Through Task Manager.

Sometimes, Windows lags and restricts the execution of certain operations. In such circumstances, Task Manager proves to be extremely useful to force the ongoing programs to close.

If you have tried all possible methods mentioned above and still fail to deactivate the Narrator Voice, then this procedure should help you out:

  1. Start by opening the Task Manager by pressing the Ctrl, Alt, and Del keys simultaneously.
  2. Once you’re there, go to the Processes tab.
Task Manager in Windows 10
  1. Scroll down to search for the Screen Reader app under the Name column.
  2. Lastly, right-click anywhere on the Screen Reader row and select End Task to force stop the Narrator Voice.
Turn off Narrator Voice in Windows 10

This will lead to removing the Narrator Voice from the computer’s ongoing operations. It will remain disabled until you decide to turn it on again or when your computer restarts.

5. Permanently Disable Narrator Voice.

It’s not yet possible to uninstall the Narrator Voice in Windows 10. However, if you believe that this is a useless feature on Windows 10, it’ll be a relief to know that there’s a way to turn it off permanently.

To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Go ahead and type Narrator in the search bar. From there, click on Open file location.
Narrator file location
  1. When the file location opens, open Properties by right-clicking on the file named Narrator.
Properties of Narrator
  1. Then, select Edit under the Security tab.
  2. To change permission settings, click on the user you wish to turn off the Narrator Voice completely.
Permission settings in Windows 10
  1. After that, click Deny full control, and all other boxes will be checked automatically.
  2. You have successfully denied all app permissions of the Narrator. Click Apply, then OK to save these changes.
Turn off Narrator Voice in Windows 10

You can also disable Narrator Voice on the onset of installing Windows 10 or opening Narrator Voice for the first time. The Welcome to Narrator window should appear on the screen. Then, you’ll need to check off the box that says Show Narrator Home when Narrator starts to never see this message again.

By following these instructions, the Narrator Voice will no longer appear on your computer. 

This brings us to the conclusion of this guide. We hope by now, you’ve successfully turned off the Narrator Voice in Windows 10 by following any of the methods listed above. However, if you further face any problems, feel free to let us know through the comment section. We’ll do our best to guide you through it!

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