Use Ease of Access features in Windows Media Center

Windows Media Center is compatible with the following Windows accessibility features: Narrator, Magnifier, and Descriptive Video Service (DVS). You can use Narrator to convert text to speech, set Magnifier to enhance the view of your screen, and activate Descriptive Video Service for your TV.

For information about turning on high contrast in Media Center, see Turn on high contrast in Windows Media Center. For information about turning on subtitles, see Show closed captions or subtitles in Windows Media Center.

Using Narrator

Narrator is a text-to-speech program for people who are blind or have low vision.

Media Center has basic navigational support for Narrator. While Narrator is open, it reads aloud the text on the screen (such as button options or typed text) as you navigate through Media Center. For information about how to use Narrator, see Hear text read aloud with Narrator.

Using Magnifier

Magnifier makes objects and text on the screen easier to see, which is useful for people who have low vision. Magnifier creates a separate window that displays a magnified portion of your screen.

Media Center supports Magnifier and other screen magnifiers.

For information about how to use Magnifier, see Make items on the screen appear bigger (Magnifier).


  • Magnifier won't display correctly if Media Center is in full-screen mode. To exit full-screen mode in Media Center, click the Restore button Picture of the Restore button in the upper-right corner.
  • To turn off Magnifier, click the magnifying glass icon to open the Magnifier controls, and then click the Close button Picture of the Close button.

Activating Descriptive Video Service (DVS)

DVS provides additional information about images on the screen. DVS is not available in all areas. Contact your TV service provider to inquire about the availability of DVS in your area.

To activate DVS

  1. On the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to Tasks, click Settings, click TV, and then click Audio.

  2. Under Analog TV audio, click the plus sign (+) to change the selection to Secondary audio (SAP), and then click Save.


    • The Second Audio Program (SAP) channel might contain an additional voice track that has voice-over commentary, DVS, or a foreign-language translation.