Microsoft Narrator is a text to speech tool in Windows 7 which can be used for reading aloud text and items which are on screen when you navigate using your keyboard and mouse. Narrator can also be used for announcing keystrokes, audio description in videos, auto monitor elements in the screen, system messages and scroll notifications.
To change settings of Microsoft Narrator in Windows 7, follow the below given steps:
1) To enable Narrator, click on Start button and then All Programs. After that, click on Accessories and then click on Ease of Access. Then, click on Narrator.
2) Under Main Narrator Settings,
i) Echo user’s keystrokes: If you check this option, then keystrokes are narrated when you type.
ii) Announce System messages: If you check this option, then narrator will announce system messages.
iii) Announce scroll notifications: If you check this option, then narrator will announce scroll notifications.
iv) Start Narrator minimized: If you check this option, then next time narrator icon will be displayed in the taskbar and not in the form of a dialog box.
v) Control whether Narrator starts when I log on: Click on this link if you want to start Narrator automatically when you log in to your computer. Then, check option “Turn on Narrator” for enabling Narrator and check option “Turn on Audio Description” to listen to description in videos. Click on “Apply” and then “OK”.
3) Click on “Quick Help” button in Narrator dialog box, to learn more about Narrator.
4) Click on “Voice Settings” button: Here, you can set up speed, volume and pitch for the voice. When you are done, Click on OK in Voice Settings – Narrator dialog box.
5) Under Preferences,
i) Background message settings: Here, you can select a time period for the background messages to be discarded by the Narrator. You can select the time period from 5 seconds to 10 minutes from the drop down menu. Click on OK when you are done.
ii) Elements Auto-Monitor: Check this option, to auto monitor elements in the screen.
6) Click on “Exit” button to exit Narrator.