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. At the bottom right, select the time. 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 that you'd like to use:

Type text with your voice

You can speak to enter text in most places where you usually type. You can even add common punctuation marks by saying 'comma', 'full stop', 'question mark' or 'exclamation mark'.

  1. At the bottom right, select the time. 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 'Keyboard and text input', turn on Enable dictation (speak to type).
  6. Tap or click where you want to type.
  7. Select Speak Dictation off or press Search + d.
  8. Say what you want to type.
Tap and drag your finger to move objects
  1. At the bottom right, select the time. 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. At the bottom right, select the time. 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 that you'd like to click.

Use keyboard shortcuts one key at a time
  1. At the bottom right, select the time. 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.

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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