[Mobile.AI] windows 8.1 accessibility, how to use narrator

Aruni Sharma aruni100 at gmail.com
Tue May 20 11:32:59 EDT 2014


Hi, Folks will find the below info useful:
Using Narrator on your phone
Narrator is a screen reader that reads text aloud to allow users who are 
visually impaired, blind or otherwise have trouble reading to use a 
Windows Phone. Once Narrator is turned on, you'll need to use 
Narrator-specific gestures to navigate your phone. See the full list of 
gestures in the following table.
Note
This feature is only available on Windows Phone 8.1. Check to see which 
software version you have and find out if an update is available.
To turn on Narrator
You can turn on Narrator by doing one of the following on your phone:
•In the App list, tap Settings Settings icon > Ease of access, then turn 
on Narrator Toggle on icon.
•Press and hold the Volume Up button, then press the Start Start button 
button to turn Narrator on or off.
Tips
•If Narrator quick launch is turned off, the Volume Up + Start button 
combo won't turn it on. This is to stop Narrator from being turned on by 
accident. (You can still use the button combo to turn it off at any 
time.) See below for how to turn on Narrator quick launch.
•You will know Narrator has started when your phone starts speaking to 
you and a yellow box appears wherever you tap on your phone’s screen.
Turning on Narrator on Windows Phone
To change the Narrator voice
1.
In the App list, tap Settings Settings icon > Ease of access, then turn 
on Narrator Toggle on icon.
2.
Under Voice, tap Female with one finger to select the picker box.
3.
Double-tap with one finger to open the voice options.
4.
Swipe right with one finger to select the Male voice as your screen 
reader, and swipe left to return to Female.
5.
Double-tap with one finger to confirm your choice.
To change the talking speed
1.
In the App list, tap Settings Settings icon > Ease of access, then turn 
on Narrator Toggle on icon.
2.
Under Speed, double-tap to increase the talking speed by 5%, or 
triple-tap to decrease the talking speed by 5%.
To use Narrator quick launch
1.
In the App list, tap Settings Settings icon > Ease of access, then turn 
on Narrator Toggle on icon.
2.
Under Narrator quick launch, double-tap to turn it on or off Toggle on 
icon.
Tip
When Narrator quick launch is turned on, you'll be able to start 
Narrator using the Volume Up + Start combo.
Notes
•The Voice, Speed and Narrator quick launch options will only be 
available when Narrator is turned on.
•Narrator is only available in the United States at this time. For more 
information, see Feature and service availability.
Narrator gestures on Windows Phone 8.1
Gesture
What it does
Swipe left/right with one finger
Move to next or previous item
Swipe up/down with one finger
Change navigation mode (for more info, see below)
Tap or drag a single finger
Read what's under your finger
Double-tap with one finger, or
Hold with one finger and tap with a second
Activate primary action
Triple-tap with one finger, or
Hold with one finger and double-tap with a second
Activate secondary action
Swipe left/right/up/down with two fingers
Scroll
Tap with two fingers
Stop Narrator from reading
Double-tap with two fingers
Show context menu
Swipe up with three fingers
Read from top
Swipe down with three fingers
Start reading explorable text
Navigation modes
Navigation modes refer to the different chunks of content you can select 
to have read to you. Here's a full list of navigation modes: items, 
containers, headings, links, characters, words, lines and paragraphs. 
Most of the time, you'll only cycle between two navigation modes: items 
and containers. The other navigation modes listed above will become 
available when you're editing text or reading web pages.
Items and containers
Except when you're editing text and reading web pages, you'll usually 
switch between two navigation modes: items and containers. Items mode 
will let you move through each individual item on a screen, such as 
navigating down through your email inbox to find an email you're looking 
for. Containers mode lets you jump to different sections on a screen – 
letting you skip over a long list of emails so you can go straight to 
Folders or Search to find an email located in a different folder.
Editing text and reading web pages
Whether you're spicing up a noun by adding an adjective before it or 
deleting an entire line of text between paragraphs, you need the ability 
to move anywhere on the screen, down to the letter. The links, 
characters, words, lines and paragraphs modes give you more control and 
detail where and when you need it.
Restarting Narrator if it's unresponsive
If Narrator is unresponsive and you can't navigate your phone, you may 
need to restart the phone. To do so, press and hold the Volume Down and 
Power buttons at the same time for 10-15 seconds. When you feel a 
vibration, release the Volume Down and Power buttons immediately. This 
will restart your phone with Narrator already turned on. (Sometimes your 
phone will vibrate straight away when you press the Volume Down and 
Power buttons – this is probably due to your ringer changing to Vibrate. 
Wait to release the buttons until a second vibration after 10-15 seconds.)
Tips
•Narrator will restart automatically, but your volume settings may not – 
press Volume Up until you can hear Narrator again.
•If you don't let go of the Volume Down and Power buttons immediately 
after the vibration at 10-15 seconds, your phone may enter UEFI setup 
and not restart normally. If this happens, just repeat the button combo 
to try again.
Note
Not all phones support the ability to restart your phone this way, so 
check with your phone's manufacturer to find out how to force a restart.
Related topic
•Accessibility on your phone





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