Turn on Chromebook accessibility features

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

  1. Click your account photo.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  4. In the 'Accessibility' section, click Manage accessibility features.
  5. Choose the accessibility features that you'd like to use:
    • Text-to-Speech: Turn on the screen reader or select-to-speak
    • Display: High contrast mode, screen magnifier, screen resolution, text size
    • Keyboard: Sticky keyson-screen keyboard, highlighting, keyboard repeat rate, word prediction
    • Mouse and touchpad: Automatic clicking, tap dragging, large cursor (and change its size), cursor highlighting
    • Audio: Play all sounds together through all speakers
Hear text read aloud

To have pages read aloud to you, turn on your Chromebook’s built-in screen reader. Follow the steps above, then turn on Enable ChromeVox. Learn more about the screen reader.

To have only part of a page read to you:

  1. Follow the steps above, then turn on Enable select-to-speak.
  2. Select the part of the screen that you’d like read to you:
    1. On your keyboard, press and hold Search Search.
    2. Click a line of text, or click and drag across an area of the screen.
  3. Your Chromebook will read the section aloud.
  4. Optional: To stop select-to-speak while it’s reading something, press Ctrl.

Note: Select-to-speak won’t work with a touchscreen or stylus.

Tap and drag your finger to move objects
  1. Under 'Mouse and touchpad', turn on Enable tap dragging.
  2. Click Open mouse and touchpad device settings.
  3. 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. Under 'Mouse and touchpad', turn on Automatically click when the mouse pointer stops.
  2. 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 that you'd like to click.

Use keyboard shortcuts with one hand

First, under 'Keyboard', turn on Enable sticky keys (to perform keyboard shortcuts by typing them sequentially).

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.

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