Friday, May 15, 2015

Chromebook Tech Tip: Help! My Chromebook is talking to me!


The Problem:

You or your students go to use the chromebook and it is reading everything on the screen to you in it’s fabulous computer voice.

What’s Happening?

Chrome OS has numerous accessibility features built into the operating system.  One of those features is called ChromeVox which allows everything on the screen to be read aloud for those with vision impairments.  This feature can be turned on/off in the Advanced Settings -> Accessibility area of the Chromebook.

You will see a hand next to the time in the lower right corner if accessibility features - like ChromeVox, on-screen keyboard, high contrast mode, or screen magnifier - are turned on.

How do I fix it?

To turn off ChromeVox, click on the area in the bottom right corner where the clock is located.  Select "Settings"

Scroll down to the bottom and select “Show advanced settings…”.
Scroll down until you see the “Accessibility” section.
Uncheck “Enable ChromeVox (spoken feedback)
Close the Settings window.

You can also turn it off by clicking on the hand, clicking on “Accessibility”, and clicking on “ChromeVox” to uncheck it.

Still not exactly sure what to do? Prefer to see it done on video?

No problem, simply follow the few short clicks in this video:

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