When you open your Chromebook, type Control-Alt-Z to turn on accessibility. This turns your Chromebook into a self-voicing browser with a rich set of keyboard navigation options. The Control-Alt-Z key sequence is a toggle switch; it turns accessibility on if it is currently off, and turns it off if it is currently on. Enabling accessibility activates ChromeVox, the built-in accessibility tool that provides spoken feedback in your browser.
When accessibility is enabled, you can use Tab to go through selectable items such as links and buttons; press Enter to select the current item. You use the arrow keys for basic navigation through text; however, there are a lot of additional navigation options which we will go into after getting set up.
The first time you open your Chromebook, you must go through some configuration screens. You will not have to do this again; the next time you open your Chromebook it will automatically use the configuration details you set up.
The first option is to choose your language. Currently ChromeVox is only available for US English, so press Tab to skip that. You can use the arrow keys to select your keyboard layout type, but we recommend sticking with the US Keyboard, which is the default. You do have to choose a network. Press Enter to open the Network menu, then use the up and down arrow keys to locate your wireless network. Press the Enter key to choose your network and then tab to the Continue button.
To accept the License Agreement and proceed, tab to the "Accept and Continue" button and press Enter. There is also an option on this page to automatically send usage and crash reports to Google. If you would like to disable this, Shift-Tab to the checkbox and press Spacebar to uncheck the option.
Your Chromebook will now automatically download the latest version of Chrome OS if a newer version is available. Depending on your network speed and connection type, this may take some time. We recommend connecting to a wired network for this step if possible to make it go faster.
If you have a Google account, enter your email address (such as email@example.com) and password. On subsequent logins, you will only need to enter your password.
If you do not have a Google account, you can choose to "Browse as Guest", or to create a Google account.
In this final step you can take a photo of yourself or select from one of the existing icons to represent yourself on your computer. Either select the option to take a photo or select an existing image and hit enter to continue.
That’s it. You're now logged into your Chromebook, with two tabs open: one with the ChromeVox tutorial so you can get in depth experience using ChromeVox, and the other with information about your new Chromebook.
Next time you open your Chromebook all you need to do is enter your password and you are ready to browse.
Now that you are in the browser, type Alt to open the Chrome wrench menu. You can navigate through this menu using the up and down arrows to choose configuration options, such as your preferred home page. Some of the options open new tabs, which allow you to set up advanced preferences.
Now learn more about using ChromeVox from the User Guide.