Using ChromeVox on Your Chomebook: Video Tutorials

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Chrome Accessibility: Using ChromeVox on your Chromebook: Fundamentals

Many schools are using Chromebooks in the classroom and teachers of the visually impaired are asking for information on how to access Chromebooks with a screen reader. Google's Chrome Accessibility team have been working hard to improve ChromeVox, their screen reader. ChromeVox 56, the latest operating system, was initially released in January 2017. ChromeVox 56 has improved ChromeVox accessibility and introduces support for braille displays. So, just how do you get started with ChromeVox? Here are Google's resources!

Initial set up: Getting Started with ChromeVox on Chrome OS.

Below are Google's easy-to-follow Chrome Accessibility tutorial videos. The first video, Using ChromeVox on your Chromebook: Fundamentals, demonstrates:

  • Turn ChromeVox on/off
  • Basic navigation
  • Exploring the ChromeVox Learn Mode (help mode that enables you to type a command and hear the keys pressed and the action associated with the keys)
  • ChromeVox Menus
  • Speech and language settings

Keyboard Commands Video 1

Here are the commands listed in order as they appear in the Fundamentals video:

  • Turn ChromeVox on or off = Ctrl + Alt + Z
  • Open a new Chrome tab = Ctrl + T
  • Next object = Search + Right
  • Previous object = Search + Left
  • Turn on Learn Mode = Search + OK
  • Turn off Learn Mode / close the tab = Ctrl + W
  • Next heading = Search + H
  • Previous heading = Search + Shift + H
  • Temporarily stop speech = Ctrl
  • Next same-level heading = Search + (1-6)
  • Previous same-level heading = Search + Shift + (1-6)
  • Next link = Search + L
  • Previous link = Search + Shift + L
  • Chrome Address Bar = Ctrl + L
  • Open ChromeVox Menus = Search + Period
  • Hide ChromeVox Menus = Esc
  • Turn ChromeVox Sticky mode on or off = Tap Search twice
  • Increase rate = Search + [ (Left Bracket)
  • Decrease rate = Search + Shift + [ (Left Bracket)
  • Increase pitch = Search + ] (Right Bracket)
  • Decrease pitch = Search + Shift + ] (Right Bracket) 
  • Open ChromeVox options = Search + OO (note that this is the letter O, not the number zero)

The second video tutorial, Using ChromeVox on your Chromebook: Intermediate Skills, demonstrates:

  • Navigating different levels of detail
  • Navigating Chrome tabs and other parts of the Chrome OS interface
  • Accessing tables
  • finding text on a page
  • Chrome OS Braille support
  • Touch gestures

Keyboard Commands Video 2

TVI Hints: Do you have a braille student? Check out the braille display section in the video. Chromebooks has a feature called Braille Caption that visually displays the braille on the Chromebook screen so that you can follow along with what your student is reading! Also, be sure to teach your students how to navigate Tables - this is a critical tech skill and questions about tables are part of online assessments!

Navigation

  • Next object = Search + Right
  • Previous object = Search + Left
  • Next group = Search + Ctrl + Down
  • Previous group = Search + Ctrl + Up
  • Next line = Search + Down
  • Previous line = Search + Up
  • Next word = Search + Shift + Ctrl + Right
  • Previous word = Search + Shift + Ctrl + Left
  • Next character = Search + Shift + Right
  • Previous character = Search + Shift + Left
  • Browsing shortcuts
  • Open a new tab = Ctrl + T
  • Move forward through open tabs = Ctrl + Tab
  • Move backward through open tabs = Ctrl + Shift + Tab
  • Jump to a specific tab = Ctrl + (Tab position number)
  • Chrome Find in Page = Ctrl + F
  • ChromeVox Find in Page = Search + / (Forward Slash)

Tables

  • Next table = Search + T
  • Move forward in a table = Search + Right
  • End of row = Search + Shift + Alt + Ctrl + Right
  • Sticky Mode  = Press Search twice
  • Beginning of table = Search + Shift + Alt + Left
  • End of table = Search + Shift + Alt + Right

Additional Keyboard Commands

Ready for more?  Here is a list of additional keyboard commands: ChromeVox Classic Keyboard Shortcut Commands

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