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Solved Turn off Narrator


RhinoCan

New Member
Posts
67
#1
I know this is going to sound like "the dog ate my homework" but that's life....

A few minutes ago, one of my cats stepped on my laptop keyboard while I had it on the bed. The computer immediately started "talking to me", as in reading the menus and so forth. It's *massively* distracting since I don't need this but I'm having a heck of a time trying to figure out how to turn it off. In order to retain my sanity, I've temporarily muted the laptop so I can hear myself think to write this but I'm looking for a good solution to the problem.

Wow! I think I got it. I noticed an unfamiliar icon on the task bar and it was for Narrator; one of the options was Exit so I clicked that. When I turned the volume to its normal position, the computer did NOT talk to me, exactly as desired.

But I still have one question: what key combination turned Narrator on in the first place? I'm guessing the cat stepped on CTRL-ALT-something to turn on Narrator. I'm not sure why I'm asking since it was totally a fluke that it happened; just curious I suppose.

I suppose it's a good thing that people who need it can do a simple key combination to activate Narrator rather than having to navigate through various Control Panel windows but it was really aggravating to have the cat do it inadvertently especially since the technique for turning it off was not very intuitive. I eventually figured out that I wanted the Ease of Access Center (which is an unfamiliar name to me; I can't remember the name from previous versions of Windows) but even that panel only seemed to offer a way to *start* Narrator but not stop it.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS K55N
    CPU
    AMD A8-4500 APU with Radeon HD Graphics 1.90 GHz
    Motherboard
    not sure
    Memory
    8.00 GB installed, 7.46 GB usuable
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon
    Sound Card
    not sure
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Built-in laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    one 750 GB
    PSU
    Not sure
    Case
    Not sure
    Cooling
    Not sure
    Keyboard
    Built in to laptop
    Mouse
    None; I use the touchpad
    Internet Speed
    6 Mbps down, 0.25 Mbps up
    Browser
    current versions of Firefox, Chrome and IE
    Antivirus
    Avast Free
    Other Info
    I *think* many of the questions to which I've answered "not sure" are irrelevant because it is a laptop but if you need to know specifically what model of cooling fans or keyboard or whatever where built in to the laptop, I can try to find that out if you tell me where to look. I don't see this information in the Windows/System display but maybe it is elsewhere. I'm not sure what a "PSU" is: Powe

Brink

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mvp
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24,249
#2

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

RhinoCan

New Member
Posts
67
#3
Thank you Brink! That answers my question and also explains what the cat did to turn Narrator on. If he had simultaneously stepped on three or four keys to activate Narrator, I would have been astounded at how unlikely that was. Two keys, with one of them being the largest on the keyboard, seems a bit less improbable :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS K55N
    CPU
    AMD A8-4500 APU with Radeon HD Graphics 1.90 GHz
    Motherboard
    not sure
    Memory
    8.00 GB installed, 7.46 GB usuable
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon
    Sound Card
    not sure
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Built-in laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    one 750 GB
    PSU
    Not sure
    Case
    Not sure
    Cooling
    Not sure
    Keyboard
    Built in to laptop
    Mouse
    None; I use the touchpad
    Internet Speed
    6 Mbps down, 0.25 Mbps up
    Browser
    current versions of Firefox, Chrome and IE
    Antivirus
    Avast Free
    Other Info
    I *think* many of the questions to which I've answered "not sure" are irrelevant because it is a laptop but if you need to know specifically what model of cooling fans or keyboard or whatever where built in to the laptop, I can try to find that out if you tell me where to look. I don't see this information in the Windows/System display but maybe it is elsewhere. I'm not sure what a "PSU" is: Powe

crawfish

Member
Power User
Posts
454
#4
FWIW, to disable Narrator permanently, I do the following, where no_op.exe is a GUI program I wrote that does nothing and simply exits.

Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\AtBroker.exe]
"Debugger"="C:\\bin\\NO_OP.EXE"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\Narrator.exe]
"Debugger"="C:\\bin\\NO_OP.EXE"
I had to do this, because using gpedit.msc to disable the standard Windows key combinations doesn't fully work. That is, even though I've disabled the keys and remapped them with Autohotkey to do useful things like, Win+Enter turns on my AVR and configures it properly WRT volume, input, etc, Windows refuses to disable some of the keys, including the stupid Narrator key, which it sees even though AHK should be intercepting it. Fortunately, it's the only such key I use that behaves this way. Other keys that aren't disabled by gpedit.msc include Win+L to lock the computer, but that one I don't mind. I started using the gpedit trick back in Windows 7, because I found that Win+1 and so forth would sometimes be seen by Windows even though AHK should have been intercepting them. Gpedit cured that, but Win+Enter has been especially stubborn in Windows 8.1 for me.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

Brink

Administrator
Administrator
mvp
Posts
24,249
#5
Thank you Brink! That answers my question and also explains what the cat did to turn Narrator on. If he had simultaneously stepped on three or four keys to activate Narrator, I would have been astounded at how unlikely that was. Two keys, with one of them being the largest on the keyboard, seems a bit less improbable :)
You're most welcome.

LOL, yeah that would have been funny to see the cat do a complex keystroke.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

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