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Use TalkBack to browse the web with Chrome

Use TalkBack with Chrome

You can get spoken feedback using TalkBack in the Chrome browser. To get the most from this article, first finish the TalkBack tutorial.

Explore web pages with TalkBack navigation settings

To cycle through the TalkBack navigation settings:

  1. Open a web page in Chrome.
  2. Swipe up or down until you reach the setting that you'd like to use.
  3. Swipe right to move forward or left to move back using the chosen setting.

You can also choose navigation settings from the TalkBack local context menu:

  1. Open a web page in Chrome.
  2. To open the menu, swipe up and then right in one smooth motion.
  3. To explore the menu, drag your finger. The menu is a circle or a list, depending on your TalkBack settings.
  4. Lift your finger to choose an item and close the menu.
  5. Swipe right to move forward or left to move back.

The navigation settings include the following options for the Chrome browser:

  • Headings and landmarks. Navigate by headings (level 1-6) and ARIA landmarks, such as "main" or "navigation."
  • Links. Navigate by different kinds of links, such as visited, unvisited, or active. (Available starting in Chrome 50.)
  • Lists. Explore items in list format. TalkBack tells you how many list items there are. (Available before Chrome 50.)
  • Controls. Navigate by other elements, such as form fields, buttons, or menus.
  • Characters, words, or lines. Explore one character, word, or line at a time.
  • Special content. Explore content such as tables. (Available only in the local context menu.)
  • Default. Explore every element on the page in order.

Explore web pages with a keyboard

If you use an external keyboard with your Android device, you can use TalkBack keyboard shortcuts to navigate web pages.

Separate tabs and apps on your Android phone or tablet

In the latest version of Chrome, tabs and apps are merged under a single button. On tablets, it's the Overview button. On smartphones, it's the Recent Apps button. For TalkBack to say how many browser tabs are open, you’ll have to turn this function off.

  1. Make sure TalkBack is turned on and your Chrome browser is open.
  2. In the Chrome browser, go to the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Double-tap More Options.
  4. Open Settings.
  5. Open Merge tabs and apps.
  6. Drag your finger until you hear the On switch. Double-tap to turn it off.
  7. Double-tap OK.

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