Chrome browser and ChromeVox screen reader for Google Apps


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About Chrome browser and ChromeVox screen reader

For the best experience with most Google Apps, we recommend running the Google Chrome web browser with the ChromeVox screen reader (downloaded as a Chrome extension). Chrome and ChromeVox are available on Chrome OS devices, Windows computers, and Mac computers.

For a few Google Apps, using Chrome with ChromeVox won't work as well as using a different web browser and/or screen reader. In those cases, we'll provide recommendations on the specific browser and screen reader to use.

Chrome is a web browser similar to Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer. While Google products work in recent versions of all popular web browsers, some Google Apps will only be fully accessible if you use Chrome with ChromeVox, while others may be accessible in several other web browsers and screen readers. We understand that our users have their preferred browsers and screen readers, and our goal is to support as many of these technologies as possible. This is an ongoing effort because many of our products push the limits of what's possible on the web.

ChromeVox, a Chrome browser extension, is a screen reader for web content on Chrome. Use ChromeVox in Chrome, alongside desktop screen readers such as JAWS or NVDA on Windows or VoiceOver on Mac.

ChromeVox speaks the content of a web page, plays audio indicators for page-load progress and objects on the page, and provides a way to navigate all web content from the keyboard.

If you’re using ChromeVox, it’s easy to turn ChromeVox on and off.

Because ChromeVox only interprets web content on Chrome, there are a few tasks that may require the use of two screen readers running at once: ChromeVox and a screen reader that interacts with your computer’s file system. We’ll provide instructions for these tasks.

For help and more information on Chrome, ChromeVox, and Chrome OS:


Install Chrome browser and ChromeVox screen reader

Chrome system requirements

Chrome is available for both Windows and Mac computers. For optimal Chrome performance, we recommend the following system configurations:

Windows:

  • Operating system: Windows XP Service Pack 2+, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8
  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 or later
  • Free disk space: 100 MB
  • RAM: 128 MB

Mac:

  • Operating system: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • Processor: Intel
  • Free disk space: 100 MB
  • RAM: 128 MB

Install Chrome on a Windows computer

  1. Download the installer file from the Chrome website.
  2. If prompted, press Run or Save.
  3. If you have saved the installer, select and open the installer file to start the installation process. Your home page settings and browser history will automatically be imported from your default browser.

On Windows 7, Vista, or XP, a Chrome window opens once everything is set up. The first time Chrome opens, you'll get a message that lets you know you can search with Google directly from the address bar. If you'd like to change your default search engine, select Change.

On Windows 8, a welcome dialog appears. Press Next to select your default browser. If you select Chrome, it’ll start up as a Windows 8 application from the Start Screen.


Install Chrome on a Mac computer

  1. Download the installer file from the Chrome website.
  2. After the download is complete, open the file called Google Chrome.dmg.
  3. In the window that opens, copy Google Chrome.app.
  4. In Finder, open the Applications folder by pressing Shift + Command + A.
  5. Paste Google Chrome.app in the Applications folder.
  6. This installs Chrome for all user accounts on your computer. Your home page settings and browser history will automatically be imported from your default browser.
  7. The first time you open Chrome, the Finder will ask you to confirm that you want to open the application downloaded from the Internet. Select Open to continue.
  8. You'll get a message that lets you know you can search with Google directly from the address bar. If you'd like to change your default search engine, click Change.
  9. Unmount the Google Chrome disk image on your Desktop: select the icon and press Command + E.

Install ChromeVox screen reader on a Windows or Mac computer

  1. Using Chrome, go to the ChromeVox website.
  2. Click the Install ChromeVox link. This will take you the ChromeVox information and download page in the Chrome Web Store.
  3. Click the Add to Chrome link. An alert panel will open asking you to confirm that you want to add the new extension.
  4. In this panel, navigate to the Add button and press Enter.
  5. ChromeVox is automatically activated on Chrome browser after the installation is complete.

Enable ChromeVox on a Chrome OS device

ChromeVox is built into Chrome OS and can be enabled from the login screen by pressing Control + Alt + Z. The Control + Alt + Z key sequence is a toggle switch; it turns accessibility on if it is currently off, and turns it off if it is currently on.

The first time you open a Chrome OS device, you must go through some configuration screens. Go to Getting Started with ChromeVox on Chrome OS for details and instructions.

 

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