Making Chromebooks accessiblefor people with disabilities
Chromebooks come with helpful accessibility features created using inclusive design principles and based on user feedback, to empower people with disabilities to learn, play and connect.
Built to enhance visual clarity
People who are blind or with low vision can take full advantage of Chromebooks thanks to the following features.
Browser zoom allows visually impaired people to magnify just their browser window while everything else, like the tabs and icons, stays the same size.
People can choose to enlarge all on-screen text and visuals, and easily revert back if necessary.
Zoom in on Chromebook to get a closer look at text and images. Full-screen magnification on Chromebook makes on-screen content easier to see by making the screen up to 20 times the default size.
Some people may not want to alter their entire viewing experience. The docked magnifier allows people with visual impairments to magnify just the top third of their screen, while the rest of the screen is resized to fit in the bottom section.
Chromebook lets those who are visually impaired adjust font sizing to make reading easier while leaving other aspects of the display at their default size.
Large mouse cursor
A larger cursor can make a big difference. Chromebooks enable people to enlarge just the mouse cursor so that it’s easier to see.
with a quick keyboard shortcut
High contrast mode inverts colours to make on-screen content easier to read for people with low vision or for those working in bright environments. It can also reduce the effects of screen glare to make working more comfortable in any environment. Try the shortcut: Ctrl + Search ( ) + H to activate it.
Customise caption styles
Easily adjust caption size, colour and typeface for a customised closed caption experience. Select 'Captions' in your Chromebook’s accessibility settings to update these features.
People who are hard of hearing can select mono audio to play the same sound through both speakers so that they don’t miss content in stereo sound. Select 'Mono audio' in your Chromebook’s accessibility settings to use this feature.
ChromeVox, Chromebook’s built-in screen reader, helps people who are blind or with low vision by making the computer speak every time that they move their focus by using their mouse or keyboard. Chromebook can also be used with a refreshable braille display.
Select to Speak
With Select to Speak, choose specific lines or sections of the screen to be read aloud. While Chrome OS reads the selected words aloud, each word is highlighted visually, which can be especially useful for people with dyslexia, new language learners and more.
Text-to-speech settings allow people to customise voice, speech rate, pitch, volume and more for optimal accessibility.
People can input information on a Chromebook in a variety of ways beyond a traditional keyboard: via an on-screen keyboard, using a mouse, connected joystick, touchscreen or even handwriting.
To make clicking more accessible, people with dexterity impairments can customise touchpad settings to enable automatic clicks, tap dragging or tap-to-click functionality.
Physical keyboard settings
Customise how Chromebook's physical keyboard responds to touch.
Sticky keys can help people with dexterity impairments more easily use keyboard shortcuts. This feature makes it possible to press only one key at a time in sequence to activate a keyboard shortcut, instead of having to hold down multiple keys at once.
Type using your voice with
The dictation feature on Chromebook lets people enter text into any field using their voice. Dictation can be especially helpful for those with motor disabilities or dexterity impairments, or anyone who wants to take a break from typing. In your Chromebook’s accessibility settings under 'Keyboard and text input', select 'Enable dictation (speak to type)'.
How to turn on
Chromebook accessibility features
In the “Accessibility” section, select “Manage accessibility features” to choose the features you want to enable
Making the digital world more accessible
Google for Education
Students in the same classroom learn in different ways. That’s why Google for Education products, including Chromebooks and G Suite for Education, are built with accessibility in mind, to help every student achieve their full potential.
Learn about more accessibility tools on Android.
Meet the team
David Tseng, Technical Lead for Chrome OS accessibility services, shares how he’s dedicated his career to using technology to break down barriers for people with disabilities.