Turn on Chromebook accessibility features

You can make your Chromebook easier to use by turning on accessibility features that work best for your needs.

Tap here to see an interactive tutorial

Step 1: Find accessibility features

  1. At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Select Settings .
  3. At the bottom, select Advanced.
  4. In the "Accessibility" section, select Manage accessibility features.
    • Optional: To have quick access to accessibility features, turn on Always show accessibility options in the system menu.

Step 2: Turn on a feature

Choose the accessibility features you'd like to use:

Type text with your voice

You can speak to enter text in most places where you usually type. You can even add common punctuation marks by saying "comma," "period," "question mark," "exclamation mark," or "exclamation point."

  1. At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Select Settings .
  3. At the bottom, select Advanced.
  4. In the "Accessibility" section, select Manage accessibility features.
  5. Under "Keyboard and text input," turn on Enable dictation (speak to type).
  6. Tap or select where you want to type.
  7. Select Speak . You can also press Search  + d. Or press Launcher  + d. 
  8. Say what you want to type.
Tap and drag your finger to move objects
  1. At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Select Settings .
  3. At the bottom, select Advanced.
  4. In the "Accessibility" section, select Manage accessibility features.
  5. Under "Mouse and touchpad," select Open mouse and touchpad device settings.
  6. Turn on Enable tap dragging.

To use tap-to-select, double-tap the object and hold, then drag it to move.

Use keyboard shortcuts one key at a time
  1. At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Select Settings .
  3. At the bottom, select Advanced.
  4. In the "Accessibility" section, select Manage accessibility features.
  5. To perform keyboard shortcuts by entering them sequentially, under "Keyboard," turn on Enable sticky keys.

To use sticky keys, press Search , Launcher Shift, Alt, or Ctrl, whichever key starts the keyboard shortcut.

  • To keep a key pressed until you finish the keyboard shortcut, press the key twice.
  • To unpress a key, press it a third time.
Use buttons to navigate in tablet mode

You can use buttons instead of gestures to switch between apps and interact with your Chromebook in tablet mode. Learn how to change from laptop to tablet mode.

  1. At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Select Settings .
  3. At the bottom, select Advanced.
  4. In the "Accessibility" section, select Manage accessibility features.
  5. Under "Mouse and touchpad," turn on Show navigation buttons.
  6. At the bottom, the buttons will appear.
    • To go back to the previous screen, on the bottom left, select Back .
    • To go to your Home screen, on the bottom left, select the Launcher . Or press Alt + Shift + L.
    • To view all your open app windows, on the bottom right, select Show windows .

Get more help

To learn more about how to use accessibility features on your Chromebook, check out the Chromebook Accessibility Video Series.