Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system includes a number of accessibility features. One such feature is Narrator, which reads aloud various activities on the screen. While Narrator may be useful for the sight-impaired or those who prefer to have content spoken, you may find it a bit annoying if you enable it accidentally and do not require its assistance. Narrator can be turned off and on at will.

Step 1

Open the Windows 8 search box and type “Narrator.” Click the “Narrator” application.

Step 2

Click the check boxes next to each Narrator option. Checked items will be read aloud by Narrator. Disable all checks.

Step 3

Click the “Exit” button to close Narrator.


  • Information in this article applies to Windows 8. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.


  • You can quickly disable Narrator at any time by pressing “Caps Lock-Esc.” Start it again with “Windows-Enter.”