Turn on Chromebook accessibility features

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

Step 1: Find accessibility features

  1. Click your account photo or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  4. In the "Accessibility" section, click Manage accessibility features.

Step 2: Turn on a feature

Choose the accessibility features you'd like to use:

Turn on more features:

Hear text read aloud 

To have pages read aloud to you, turn on your Chromebook’s built-in screen reader:

  1. Click your account photo or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  4. In the "Accessibility" section, click Manage accessibility features.
  5. Under "Text-to-Speech," turn on Enable ChromeVox. Learn more about how to use ChromeVox.

To have only part of a page read to you:

  1. Click your account photo or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  4. In the "Accessibility" section, click Manage accessibility features.
  5. Under "Text-to-Speech," turn on Enable select-to-speak.
  6. To select what you’d like read to you, on your keyboard, press and hold Search Search. Drag the pointer over a word or area of the screen.
  7. Your Chromebook will read the section aloud and each word will be highlighted.
    • Optional: To turn off highlighting or to change the color of the highlighted words, click Open select-to-speak settings.
    • Optional: To stop select-to-speak while it’s reading something, press Ctrl.

Note: Select-to-speak won’t work with a stylus or the on-screen keyboard.

Tap and drag your finger to move objects
  1. Click your account photo or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  4. In the "Accessibility" section, click Manage accessibility features.
  5. Under "Mouse and touchpad," turn on Enable tap dragging.
  6. Click Open mouse and touchpad device settings.
  7. Turn on Enable tap-to-click.

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

Click objects automatically
  1. Click your account photo or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  4. In the "Accessibility" section, click Manage accessibility features.
  5. Under "Mouse and touchpad," turn on Automatically click when the mouse pointer stops.
  6. In the "Delay before click" drop-down, choose how long you’d like your Chromebook to pause before clicking.

To click without physically pressing your mouse or touchpad, hover over the object you'd like to click.

Use keyboard shortcuts with one hand
  1. Click your account photo or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  4. In the "Accessibility" section, click 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, 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.

Mel is a Chromebook expert and author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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