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Use the Google Contacts preview with a screen reader

You can use a screen reader with Google Contacts preview.

Screen readers you can use

Operating system Screen reader Browser
Microsoft Windows NVDA or JAWS Firefox
Mac VoiceOver Safari
Chrome OS ChromeVox Google Chrome

Keyboard shortcuts

For the following shortcuts to work, your screen reader should be switched to "Focus mode" for NVDA or "Forms mode" for JAWS. If you use VoiceOver or Chromevox, you don't need to use any special modes.

Action Shortcut
Move to Search box /
Open keyboard shortcut help ?
Send feedback about Gmail Shift + 2

Navigate Google Contacts

The Google Contacts preview includes 5 main sections: the Google bar, the search box, the navigation list, the list of contacts, and the details of an individual contact.

Google bar

The Google bar provides links and pop-up menus related to your Google Account, like other Google applications, account notifications, and the link to sign out of your account.

Links & menus in the Google bar

  • Apps: This pop-up menu opens to let you navigate to other Google applications.
  • Unread notifications: This pop-up menu opens to show notifications from your Google+ account. If you use Google+ and you have Google+ notifications, you can read them here.
  • Account: This pop-up menu lets you sign out, add an account, manage your account, or see Google's privacy policy. If you use Google+, the menu also has a link to your Google+ profile.

To move focus to the Search box where you can search your contacts, press /.

Navigation list

The navigation list controls which contacts appear in the main view, and it includes links to other tools and resources.

Options in the navigation list

  • All contacts
  • Frequently contacted
  • Groups
  • Circles
  • Find duplicates: This tool lets you review and merge duplicate contacts in your account.
  • More: Expand this list to explore other options, like Settings, Import, Export, Send feedback, and Help.
Contacts list and details

The main contacts view includes a list of your contacts.

To view or edit the details for a contact, press Enter.

To return to the contacts list, press Escape.

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