Use Google Sites with a screen reader

Supported screen readers for Google Sites

Google Sites supports screenreader programs for both PC and Mac.

Specifically, Sites supports JAWS if you're working on a PC, and ChromeVox if you're working on a Mac. JAWS works best in Firefox 3.6 or above, and ChromeVox works in the latest versions of Chrome. If you'd like to install JAWS or ChromeVox, visit the links below for instructions:

If you're using ChromeVox, you may find this tutorial and this list of keyboard shortcuts useful.

Note: Screen reader support in Google Sites relies on ARIA standard live-regions. If your screen reader doesn't support live-regions some functionality won't accessible to you. This is a known issue with some versions of Apple VoiceOver.

These instructions are written with keyboard instructions for PC users. If you're working on a Mac, use the Command (Apple) key wherever the Control key is listed.

Navigate your “My sites” and “Manage site” pages

To navigate around your “My sites” page and the “Manage site” page a site you own, use the Tab key to locate different elements of the page and the Enter to complete an action.

For example, you’d follow these steps to open a site from your “My sites” page:

  1. Visit sites.google.com.
  2. Press Tab until you hear the screen reader say the name of the site you’d like to open. Alternatively, you can navigate to the “Create” button, and press Enter to create a new site.
  3. Press Enter and your site will open. You’ll hear the name of the site read. From there, you can use the keyboard actions explained below to build and edit your site, including pressing G then M to manage your site.

At any time, you can search your site or any page on your site by pressing the / key, which places your cursor in the search box.

Navigate the menus in Google Sites

To navigate to and select a command from the menus, use one of the following shortcuts in combination with the up and down arrow keys:

  • Alt + I for the Insert menu
  • Alt + F for the Format menu
  • Alt + T for the Table menu
  • Alt + L for the Layout menu

To navigate to the toolbar, open a menu with one of the keyboard commands above, then press the Tab key until you reach the toolbar. When you tab to a toolbar icon, you’ll hear a description of that icon. Press Enter to complete an action like bolding text, adding a link, or changing the font color.

Useful shortcuts to create and edit a page

Below, you’ll find some useful shortcuts to help you create and edit pages. You can also visit the full list of keyboard shortcuts for Google Sites for a more comprehensive look.

Create a page

  1. To create a page within your site, follow the instructions above to open your site. Then, press C to create a page. You’ll hear “Create a new page” followed by the name of your site and a prompt to name the page.
  2. Enter the name of the page in the edit text box.
  3. Press Tab until you get to the template drop-down menu. You can leave your page as a default web page, or select a template using the up and down arrows.
  4. Next, select a location for the new page by selecting one of the radio buttons under the heading “Select a location.”
  5. When you select a location, locate the “Create” button near the top of the page, and press Enter to create the page.

Edit a page on a site

  1. Press G then M to open the “Manage site” page. Alternatively, you can locate the page in the navigation panel on your page, and press Enter to open that page (if you do that, skip to step 6).
  2. Tab until you reach the “Pages” item in the left navigation of the “Manage site” page.
  3. Press Enter.
  4. Continue to Tab through this web page until you reach the list of pages.
  5. When you locate the page you want to edit, press Enter. You’ll hear the name of the page.
  6. Press E to enter edit mode for that page.
  7. Your cursor will be placed in the first text editing area. Use the keys Ctrl + Up or Down arrow to move to the different text editing areas on the page. In these sections, you can use the menu and toolbar shortcut actions explained in the “Navigate the menus in Google Sites” page above.
  8. To edit the title, press Shift + Tab from the first editing area on the page. To return to the editor field press Tab.
  9. When you’re done editing the page, press Ctrl +S to save the page. You can also locate the “Save” button at the top of the page and press Enter.

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