Use Google Calendar with a screen reader

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

Screen readers & browsers that work best with Google Calendar

We recommend using Google Calendar with:

  • Chrome with VoiceOver
  • Chromebooks with ChromeVox
  • Internet Explorer with JAWS or NVDA
  • Firefox with JAWS or NVDA
  • Safari with VoiceOver



If you'd like to use built-in shortcuts, turn off the virtual cursor by clicking 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: Preferences > Advanced > Press Tab to highlight each item in the page.

Optimize your settings

For calendar to work best with a screen reader, you want to set your calendar to Agenda View and make sure 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.
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