Narrator Keyboard Shortcuts

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Narrator is the built-in screen reader that comes with Windows. Narrator has been around for a long time, but starting with Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, Narrator has matured significantly, making it a much more viable option for blind users than it ever was previously.

The main keystrokes for navigating the web with Narrator are shown in the tables below.

Note:

Narrator works best with Microsoft Edge. If you try to use it with any other browser, it may work for some things, but not as consistently as with Edge.
Windows Narrator + Edge

The basics

Topic Task Command
On/Off: Turn Narrator on Windows key + Control + Enter
Turn Narrator off Windows key + Control + Enter or Caps Lock + Escape
Reading: Stop Reading Control
Start reading continuously from this point on Caps Lock + M
Read from beginning of page Caps Lock + Control + U
Read next item Caps Lock + right arrow
Read current item Caps Lock + D
Repeat last statement Caps Lock + V
Activate: Link Caps Lock + Enter
Button Caps Lock + Enter
Headings: Go to next heading* H
Landmarks: Go to next landmark/region* D
Go to main content region* Caps Lock + N
Tables: Go to next table* T
Navigate table cells Ctrl + Alt + down arrow or up arrow or left arrow or right arrow
Links: Go to the next link* K
Navigate: Rotate between:
characters
words
lines
paragraphs
items
form fields
landmarks
headings
links
and tables
Caps Lock + up arrow or down arrow
Toggle: Developer Mode Caps Lock + Shift + F12
Read: Title and contents of window Caps Lock + W
Suggestions: Text suggestions as you type.
Appears in the Views rotation when in an edit box.
Caps Lock + Enter

Reading text

Topic Task Command
Line: Say prior line Caps Lock + Shift + O
Say next line Caps Lock + O
Say current line Caps Lock + Control + O
Document: Go to start of document Caps Lock + Y
Go to end of document Caps Lock + B
Character: Say prior character Caps Lock + Shift + [ (Left Bracket)
Say next character Caps Lock + [ (Left Bracket)
Say current character Caps Lock + Control + [ (Left Bracket)
Word: Say prior word Caps Lock + Shift + P
Say next word Caps Lock + P
Say current word Caps Lock + Control + P
Paragraph: Next Paragraph Caps Lock + I
Previous Paragraph Caps Lock + Shift + I
Current Paragraph Caps Lock + Control + I
Spelling: Spell item Caps Lock + S

Scan mode

Topic Task Command
Toggle: Toggle Scan Mode Caps Lock + Space Bar
Activate: Activate an item Space Bar
Perform: Perform secondary action Enter
Next: Next/previous line Control + down arrow / Control + up arrow
Next/previous character right arrow / left arrow
Next/previous word Control + right arrow / Control + left arrow
Next/previous paragraph or control P / Shift + P
or down arrow / up arrow
Next heading H
Next table T
Next link K
Next landmark D
Next cell in row Control + Alt + right arrow
Next cell in column Control + Alt + down arrow
Announce: Announce location in table Caps Lock + F5
Read: Read column header Caps Lock + F9
Read row header Caps Lock + F10
Read current column Caps Lock + F7
Read current row Caps Lock + F8

Tables

Topic Task Command
Table: Go to next table Caps Lock + K
Cell: Cell to right* Control + Alt + right arrow
Cell to left* Control + Alt + left arrow
Cell below* Control + Alt + down arrow
Cell above* Control + Alt + up arrow
Read: Read row header Caps Lock + F10
Read current row Caps Lock + F8
Read column header Caps Lock + F9
Read current column Caps Lock + F7

Touch gestures

Task Command
Read what's under your finger Touch or drag a single finger
Activate primary action Double tap
Activate secondary action Triple tap
Quick double (or triple) tap Hold with one finger, tap (or double tap) anywhere with another
Next or previous item Flick left or right
Change view Flick up or down
Stop reading Two finger tap
Change verbosity Three finger tap
Show commands for current item Four finger tap
Show context menu Two finger double tap
Read text attributes Three finger double tap
Open search mode Four finger double tap
Show all Narrator commands Four finger triple tap
Scroll Swipe with two fingers
Tab forward or backward Three fingers swipe left or right
Read current window Three fingers swipe up
Read from this point on Swipe down with three fingers
Toggle semantic zoom Four fingers swipe up or down
Move Narrator cursor to beginning or end Four fingers swipe left or right