How to Disable the Screen Reader

By Quinten Plummer

Microsoft's Narrator utility, also known as the screen reader, can be invaluable to the visually impaired. The Narrator converts text into voice, and can be set to read every bit of text on your screen. But for users with good vision, the utility's thorough narrations of onscreen text can be a bit of a nuisance. However, you can disable the screen reader with a quick trip to the utility's menu options.

Step 1

Click on the "Start" button in your taskbar. Type "Narrator" into the "Start" menu's search box, and then click on the "Narrator" icon when it appears in the "Start" menu.

Step 2

Click on the "Control whether Narrator starts when I log on" link in "Microsoft Narrator" menu. The "Use the computer without a display" menu will appear.

Step 3

Remove the checks from the boxes next to the "Turn on Narrator" and "Turn on Audio Description" heading. Click on each box to remove each check.

Step 4

Click "OK." Close the "Use the computer without a display" menu, and then close "Microsoft Narrator."