The good news is that Chromebooks have built-in accessibility settings to help students in appropriate-use cases. The bad news is that these settings are annoying if turned on for users who do not need them.
Turn on/off accessibility features
- Sign in to your Chromebook.
- Click the status area, where your account picture appears.
- Select Settings.
- Click Show advanced settings at the bottom of the page.
- In the “Accessibility” section, select/deselect the boxes next to:
- Make the cursor bigger (so it’s more visible on the screen)
- Turn on high contrast mode (makes the screen easier to read)
- Turn on spoken feedback (describes what is happening on the screen)
- Turn on sticky keys (allows shortcut keys to be typed in sequence, without pressing modifier keys at the same time)
- Turn on the screen magnifier (enlarges items on the screen)
- Automatically click when the cursor stops (click without using your mouse)
- Turn on the on-screen keyboard (shows a keyboard that can be clicked with a mouse)
After you’ve turned on accessibility features, you can adjust them from your keyboard:
- To turn spoken feedback on or off, press Ctrl + Alt + Z.
- To magnify the screen, press Ctrl + Alt + Brightness up or Brightness down (or use Ctrl + Alt + two fingers scrolling up or down on the trackpad). To pan the view around, move your cursor past the edge of the screen.