How To Turn Off Narrator in Windows 10

Posted by Matthew on January 7, 2017

Narrator is a Windows 10 tool that narrates text such as calendar appointments and notifications. This is something that you could accidentally switch on with hotkey. So was that to happen this is how you can switch off and disable Narrator.

You can switch off Narrator much the same as you switch it on. So to switch it off, you should open the Start menu and select Settings. Then select Ease of Access to open the window in the shot directly below.


That includes a Narrator option, which could be switched to On. If it is, then click the Narrator option to toggle it to Off. It should state, “Exiting Narrator” and switch off.

Alternatively, you can also turn Narrator on/off with a keyboard shortcut. Press the Win key + Enter to toggle Narrator on/off. If Narrator is already on, then that will switch it off.

You can also disable Narrator so it can’t mysteriously switch itself on. First, type ‘Narrator’ into the Cortana search box. Then right-click Narrator and select Open file location to open the window shown in the snapshot directly below.


You should right-click Narrator and select Properties from its context menu. Select the Security tab and press the Edit button. That will open the window below.


That window includes a Deny column. Click all the check boxes in the Deny column to disable Narrator for selected user accounts. Then press Apply and OK to confirm the new settings.

So that’s how you can switch the Narrator tool off. You can always enable it again by deselecting the check boxes in the Deny column. 

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