Turn on Chromebook accessibility features

You can make your Chromebook easier to use when you turn on accessibility features that work best for your needs.

Step 1: Find accessibility features

  1. At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Select Settings   and then Accessibility.
    • Optional: To have quick access to accessibility features, turn on Always show accessibility options in the system menu.

Step 2: Turn on a feature

Choose the accessibility features you'd like to use:

  • Text-to-speech: Turn on the screen reader or Select-to-speak.
  • Type text with your voice: Turn on dictation.
  • Display: Enable color filters for protanopia, deuteranopia, or tritanopia, or view the display in grayscale with Color correction, turn on Color inversion mode, turn on the screen magnifier, and change screen resolution or text size.
  • Keyboard: Turn on sticky keys, on-screen keyboard, keyboard focus highlighting, keyboard repeat rate, or word prediction.
  • Mouse and touchpad: Turn on navigation buttons in tablet mode, automatic clicking, tap dragging, cursor highlighting, or change the cursor's size or color.
  • Audio: Play all sounds together through all speakers or play sound on startup.
  • Chrome Live Caption: Turn on Chrome Live Captions for media played on your Chrome browser.
Tap and drag your finger to move objects
  1. At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Select Settings  and then Accessibility.
  3. Under "Mouse and touchpad," select Open mouse and touchpad device settings.
  4. Turn on Enable tap dragging.

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

Use keyboard shortcuts one key at a time
  1. At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Select Settings  and then Accessibility.
  3. To enter keyboard shortcuts sequentially, under "Keyboard and text input," turn on Sticky keys.

To use sticky keys, press Search , Launcher 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.
Use buttons to navigate in tablet mode

You can use buttons instead of gestures to switch between apps and interact with your Chromebook in tablet mode. Learn how to change from laptop to tablet mode.

  1. At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Select Settings  and then Accessibility
  3. Under "Mouse and touchpad," turn on Show navigation buttons.
  4. At the bottom, the buttons will appear.
    • To go back to the previous screen, on the bottom left, select Back .
    • To go to your Home screen, on the bottom left, select the Launcher . Or press Alt + Shift + L.
    • To view all your open app windows, on the bottom right, select Show windows .

Get more help

To learn more about how to use accessibility features on your Chromebook, check out the Chromebook Accessibility Video Series.

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