Software & Apps Windows How to Turn Off Narrator in Microsoft Turn off the voice and enjoy the quiet by Karen Marcus Writer Karen Marcus is a former Lifewire writer who has also written for companies like HP, Intel, IBM, Samsung, and others. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Karen Marcus Updated on March 21, 2019 Sponsored by Hero Images/Getty Images Windows The Ultimate Laptop Buying Guide Tweet Share Email The Narrator function, which is accessible through Microsoft Windows, can help those with limited vision to “see” what’s on their computer screen. Narrator is a screen-reading app that uses a voice to read text that appears on the screen. If you use Narrator, but want to turn it off, say because someone who doesn’t need it wants to use your computer, there are several ways to do it. The instructions in this article differ for each version of Windows. Included are instructions for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. How to Turn Off Narrator Using the Keyboard There is a quick and easy keyboard shortcut to turn off Narrator. Simply press Win+Ctrl+Enter, that is, the following three keys at the same time: The Windows key (the Windows logo, likely on the bottom left or bottom right part of your keyboard)The Control key (labeled Ctrl, likely on the bottom left and bottom left parts of your keyboard)The Enter key In Windows 8, the key combination is Win+Enter. When you press this key combination, you should hear the Narrator voice say, “Exiting Narrator.” You may have your settings adjusted to not allow this shortcut. To change this, go to Settings > Ease of Access > Narrator, and check the box next to Allow the shortcut key to start Narrator. Turn Off Narrator by Exiting the Narrator Window When you start Narrator, a Narrator window opens. To close it and end Narrator, simply click the X in the upper-right corner or select Exit within the window. Again, you’ll hear the Narrator voice say, “Exiting Narrator.” Windows 8 may display an additional dialog box asking if you’re sure you want to exit. Turn Off Narrator Using Windows Settings Here’s how to access the Narrator settings (including the on-off toggle) in Windows 10. Click the Windows logo in the lower-left part of your screen, or press the Windows key on your keyboard. Click the Settings (gear) icon. On the Windows Settings screen, click Ease of Access. In the left column, in the vision section, select Narrator. Under Use Narrator, click the toggle switch to Off. The Narrator voice will say, “Exiting Narrator.” Here is the process for Windows 8. Right-click in the blank area of the start screen. Select All Apps on the menu bar, then select Control Panel. In the Control Panel window, choose Ease of Access > Ease of Access Center. Next, select Make the computer easier to see. Uncheck the box next to Turn on Narrator and click Apply, then OK. Here is the process for Windows 7. Click Start and select Control Panel. Choose Ease of Access > Ease of Access Center. On the next screen, click Use the computer without a display. Uncheck the box next to Turn on Narrator. Click OK. Finally, close the Narrator program icon in your taskbar and restart your computer for the setting to take effect. Turn Off Narrator With Task Manager If you can’t turn off Narrator using any other method, try force-stopping it with Task Manager. Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete and select Task Manager. When Task Manager opens, select the Processes (on Windows 7, Applications) tab. Under Name, look for Screen Reader. Right-click anywhere in the row, and select End Task.