Re: quick question about Narrator

Madison Martin

Thanks for the idea Josiph, however it sadly didn’t make any difference.


From: <> On Behalf Of Joseph Lee
Sent: February 21, 2021 1:17 PM
Subject: Re: [win10] quick question about Narrator



Sounds like a keyboard software or hardware issue. Does this happen whenever you restart your computer and/or JAWS? One way to test this is:

  1. Restart your computer.
  2. Start Narrator.
  3. Press Insert+F12 to hear current time and date.
  4. Exit Narrator.

If you do hear current time and date, then it might be something to do with JAWS. If Narrator says something else, then it is highly likely that something odd is happening with either the keyboard hardware or software (keyboard driver, input method in use, etc.). One definite way to see if it is hardware is performing JAWS commands from a different keyboard, and if JAWS performs what you want, then it might be something with the original keyboard.

To clarify what members wrote about keyboard commands: you can’t use screen reader A commands while screen reader B is activated later because the latter will process keyboard commands (think of it as a box where you can only see what’s on top of the lid). It gets messy when two or more screen readers say they want to use a particular key as their modifier.




From: <> On Behalf Of Madison Martin
Sent: Sunday, February 21, 2021 11:09 AM
Subject: Re: [win10] quick question about Narrator


My insert key, whenever I press it Jaws says alt windows q not insert.


From: <> On Behalf Of Marci Duty
Sent: February 21, 2021 12:47 PM
Subject: Re: [win10] quick question about Narrator


Which keys? If the keys perform a Windows command, they will work no matter which screen reader you are using. If the keys perform specific screen reader commands then they will require the particular screen reader for them to work. The same is true of keyboard commands specific to programs.

For example, the command Windows M is a Windows command. It works in JAWS, NVDA and Narrator and minimizes all open windows and brings the focus to the desktop. Because this is a Windows command, no screen reader is required. A sighted Windows user can use this key combination. Which commands are you asking about?  


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From: <> On Behalf Of Madison Martin
Sent: Sunday, February 21, 2021 12:37 PM
Subject: Re: [win10] quick question about Narrator


I want to see if these keys work properly using a different screen reader.


From: <> On Behalf Of JM Casey
Sent: February 21, 2021 12:33 PM
Subject: Re: [win10] quick question about Narrator


Hey madison.


Press some keys?

If I understand correctly – have you tried the JAWS key pass through command to do this?

Jaws key + 3.



From: <> On Behalf Of Madison Martin
Sent: February 21, 2021 12:53 PM
Subject: Re: [win10] quick question about Narrator


Okay, all I want to do is press a couple of keys that don’t seem to work with Jaws, can I do this with Narrator?


From: <> On Behalf Of Brian Vogel
Sent: February 21, 2021 11:46 AM
Subject: Re: [win10] quick question about Narrator


On Sun, Feb 21, 2021 at 12:12 PM, Kevin wrote:

the current build of windows 10 you start narrator  with keys Ctrl+windows key+enter

And you can turn it off, if it is on, with that same set of keystrokes, too.

If you've not invoked Narrator before the first time you do you will be presented with a "tour of narrator" dialog, called Narrator Home, which you can simply dismiss, or check the checkbox to never show it again, and then dismiss it.

Other bits about Narrator can be found in Settings, Ease of Access, Narrator Pane.  It's worth taking a look there as you can configure certain things, such as turning off Narrator Home among other things, about its behavior.

Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 20H2, Build 19042

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