Use Google Calendar with a screen reader

Use the tips on this page to get the best Google Calendar experience with a desktop screen reader.

Screen readers & browsers

Google Calendar works with these browsers and screen readers:

  • Chrome with VoiceOver on Mac
  • Chrome with ChromeVox on Chromebooks
  • Firefox with JAWS or NVDA on Windows



To use built-in Calendar shortcuts, turn off the virtual cursor by pressing Insert + z + z.

Mac OS X

Use the following settings so that Tab key navigation reaches all accessible parts of the calendar:

  • In Mac System Preferences: System Preferences > Keyboard and Mouse > Keyboard Shortcuts > Full keyboard access > All controls.
  • In Safari only: Preferences > Advanced > Press Tab to highlight each item in the page.

Optimize your settings

For Calendar to work best with a screen reader, set your calendar to Agenda View and make sure Calendar keyboard shortcuts are turned on.

  1. On your computer, open Google Calendar.
  2. In the top right, click Settings settings gear button > Settings.
  3. In the Default View section, use the dropdown menu to select Agenda View.
  4. In the Enable keyboard shortcuts section, select Yes.
  5. At the bottom of the page, click Save.

Mobile devices

If you're using a mobile device, read about Android accessibility or iPhone accessibility for Google Calendar.

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