Download, Install, and Configure Window-Eyes Screen Reader for Windows

GW Micro's Window-Eyes is a Windows-compatible screen reader that utilizes speech and braille output to aid the visually impaired in interpreting on-screen text and images. To learn how to download, install, and configure Window-Eyes, follow the steps listed below.

NOTE: Window-Eyes requires one of the following operating systems:  Windows 7, 8, or 8.1. Window-Eyes also requires Microsoft Office 2010 or newer. A reboot will be required at the end of the installation.


1. Go to 

2. Select a preferred language from the Language drop-down box.

Window Eyes for Office

3. Click Download Now.

Window Eyes Download

4. The Window-Eyes Download webpage will open. Click the Download Window-Eyes link.

Window Eyes Download Link

5. The Opening WindowEyesForOffice[language]8400.exe window will open. Click Save File to begin downloading the executable file. Allow the download to complete without interruption.

Saving Winddow Eyes File


1. Go to the Downloads folder in Windows Explorer and locate WindowEyesForOffice[language]8400.exe. Double-click the executable file to start the installation.

Window Eyes File icon

2. The User Account Control window will open. Click Yes to authorize the installation.

NOTE: Window-Eyes installation requires administrator or owner access to the target computer. If administrative rights are not available, contact your departmental Information Technology administrator or the Service Desk to assist with installation.

3. The Window-Eyes Installation wizard will open and begin extracting the contents of the Window-Eyes installation package. Once extraction is complete, click Next.

Window Eyes Extraction

4. The Window-Eyes 8.4 Quick Install window open. Click Yes to initiate a quick install.

Window Eyes Quick Install

5. The User Information window will open. Enter a name in the Name field and UMD in the Company field. Click Next.

User Information window

6. The Window-Eyes End User License Agreement window will open. Select  I accept the terms of the license agreement and then click Print to print a copy of the Window-Eyes End User License Agreement.

7. Click Next.

Window Eyes User Agreement

8. Window-Eyes will begin installing files on the hard drive.

NOTE: Installation may take several minutes to complete. Allow the installation to complete without interruption.

Window Eyes Installation

9. Once Window-Eyes installation is complete, the Quick Setup Complete window will open. Save and close any open documents and/or programs and then click Restart Computer Now.

Window Eyes Computer Restart 


1. After restarting the computer, locate the Window-Eyes icon on the Start menu. Click the icon on the Start menu to open Window-Eyes.

Window Eyes Start Menu icon

2. The Window-Eyes Quick Start Wizard will open. Click Next to begin configuring Window-Eyes.

Window Eyes Quick Start Wizard

3. The Speech Voice window will open. In the Speech Voice: field, verify that Microsoft Speech Platform is highlighted in the Name column and Microsoft Server Speech Text is highlighted in the Voice column. Click Next.

Speech Voice Window

4. The Voice Rate window will open. Adjust the Voice Rate to a preferred level by using the up and/or down arrows in the Voice Rate: field and then click Next.

NOTE: The default voice rate is 50. It is recommended as the optimal voice rate for Window-Eyes.

Voice Rate window

5. The Punctuation window will open. Click all selection boxes and then click Next.

Punctuation Window

6. The Braille Display window will open. Click the title of a preferred Braille display in the Braille Displays field to activate Braille Display support if necessary. Click Next.

Braille Display Window 

7. The Typing Echo window will open. Select Don't Change My Current Settings and then click Next.

Typing Echo Window

8. The Notification Area window will open. Select Show the Window-Eyes icon in the notification area, out of the Alt-Tab list and then click Next.

Notification Area Window

9. The Keyboard Layout window will open. Select Default (for use with full size keyboards) and then click Finish to complete configuration of Window-Eyes.

Keyboard Layout window