Use TalkBack to improve accessibility on 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 and make sure you’re familiar with the Chrome browser.

Explore web pages using the TalkBack local context menu

  1. To open the menu, swipe up and then right in one smooth motion.
  2. Drag your finger to explore the menu.
    • For tablets, the menu is circular.
    • For phones, the menu is a list.
  3. Lift your finger to choose an item and close the menu.
  4. Swipe right to move forward or left to move back.

The local context menu includes the following options for the Chrome browser:

  • Default granularity. Explores every element on the page in order.
  • Character, word, and line navigation.
  • Section navigation. Jumps to headings and other elements such as links.
  • Control navigation. Jumps to links, buttons, and other controls on the page.
  • Special content navigation. Explores content such as tables.
  • List navigation. Explores items in list format. TalkBack will tell you how many list items there are.

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 “On switch checked.” Double-tap to turn it off.
  7. Double-tap OK.

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