Chromebook Accessibility Features

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Boise School District Staff & Student Chromebooks have "Accessibility Features" making aspects of navigating and using a Chromebook easier for persons with disabilities.  Features like Text-to-Speech enabling the hearing impaired ability, Display modes, Keyboard functions like sticky keys, adjustments to Mouse and touchpad, and audio adjustments, may be turned on or off specific to your needs.

Turn on/off Chromebook accessibility features

Step 1: Find accessibility features

  1. Click on the vertical ellipsis (upper right corner - 3 dots) 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 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 (the Chromebook login screen looks different, or only the bottom right can be clicked, this option is often selected by accident.)
  • KeyboardSticky keyson-screen keyboard, highlighting, keyboard repeat rate, word prediction
  • Mouse and touchpadAutomatic clickingtap dragging, large cursor (and change its size), cursor highlighting
  • Audio: Play all sounds together through all speakers

Tap and drag to move objects

  1. Click on the vertical ellipsis (upper right corner - 3 dots) 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," Click Open mouse and touchpad device settings.
  6. Turn on Enable tap-to-click
  7. To use tap-to-click, double-tap the object and hold, then drag it to move.

Click objects automatically

  1. Click on the vertical ellipsis (upper right corner - 3 dots) 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 cursor stops.
  6. In the "Delay before click" drop-down, choose how long you’d like your Chromebook to pause before clicking.
  7. To click without physically pressing your mouse or touchpad, hover over the object you'd like to click.  

To turn off these features repeat the steps for each feature.

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