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I am on Windows 8 and I am trying to setup Narrator to be able reading only specified text selections I indicate.

I have two problems:

  1. Narrator speak too much, it says something at each window selection or any other actions. I want to tell it when to speak and leave it silent otherwise.
  2. How ask him to a read a selected text? For example I am trying to read PDF with Adobe and browser page contents with Firefox.
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I never found a way to do this in Windows 7 Narrator anyway. I'm not sure if Windows 8 improved on it... –  Mufasa Oct 28 '12 at 16:22
    
blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/02/14/… this should help. –  Sumeet Pujari Oct 29 '12 at 0:36
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  1. To open the Narrator press Windows logo key + Enter.
  2. Caps Lock+Ctrl+U to read the current page
  3. Caps Lock+Ctrl+I to read the current paragraph

For detailed list of commands see: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/hear-text-read-aloud-with-narrator

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Using those shortcuts on Firefox text paragraph Narrator says "Not on explorable text". –  Drake Nov 5 '12 at 13:26
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Firefox is an MSAA application and currently does not implement UI Automation (UIA). A project was started to add UIA support to Firefox, see this blog post for details. Also you can track the progress of UIA implementation on bugzilla –  Paulius Uza Nov 5 '12 at 13:56
    
I've checked out the link you specified and can get Narrator to read everything except the "meat" of the application. So it can navigate menus and toolbars, but can't even get it read the text of a MS Word 2010 Document. Have you actually had success getting Narrator to read anything? –  Joel B Feb 5 '13 at 17:09
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