Using Windows Narrator With Office 2013

Windows Narrator provides the user with a superb and crisp narration of all the elements that the user interacts with and at the same time offers them with the ease of access that they always needed.

The narrator is available for both touch based inputs, as well as inputs given via the keyboard. It not only narrates the items present on the screen but can also describe a web layout effectively.

Using Windows narrator with Office 2013

Starting The Narrator: For Touch Based Devices

There are multiple ways to start a narrator in Windows. For Windows 8 touch-based device, all you need to do is hold the windows key and press the volume+ key. This will start the narrator and as you move across the screen, it will continue to describe the components as you interact with you.

The user can also tap on the icon of his or her choice to get the narration. Note that while the narrator is active, accessing an application takes two taps instead of one.

For Keyboard Based Inputs

If you are using a keyboard based input instead of a touch based one, starting the narrator takes just the combination of the windows logo key and the Enter key. If you are on the sign in screen, you can find the narrator under the ease of access tab or press the windows logo key along with the ‘U’ key.

Using The Narrator in Office 2013

The narrator is of great help for creating and evaluating documents in the Office 2013 Suite. Although there are a number of file types and programs that the narrator does not support but there are a multitude of others that are well supported by it.

For a user working in Word 2013 the narrator narrates all the contents of the document even if the content is present in tables or other such holders. The same is true for PowerPoint, OneNote and Excel.

For the entire list of functionalities that are and aren’t supported see this link about Windows Narrator for Office 2013.

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