5 Useful Accessibility Features In Google Chrome That You Should Know

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Tech may be exciting and fun for people, but troublesome for others with certain disabilities. I am myopic so I know how it feels to not be able to grasp content from websites when you are sitting far away from the screen. But Google acknowledges this and accommodates many features that most users don’t know of.

In this article, we are going to talk about the same. I will tell you about so many useful features that you can use to make your browsing experience better and more productive. You can customize your Chrome experience and set the ideal preferences. So, let’s dive straight into the topic and see what all features you get and how you can use them. 

1. Page Zoom In And Zoom Out

You can zoom in and zoom out all the web pages easily in chrome. This helps if you have trouble reading small texts and you are sitting far away from your screen. Here’s how you can do it.

Chrome Page Zoom In And Zoom Out
  1. Open the webpage you want and click on the menu icon on the top right of the window.
  2. Look for the ‘Zoom’ option in the list and use the – and + icons beside it to adjust the zoom level
  3. You can also do it with keyboard shortcuts.
  4. Press ‘Ctrl +’ to zoom in
  5. Press ‘Ctrl -‘ to zoom out
  6. Press ‘Ctrl 0’ to restore the default zoom level

2. Customize Fonts Style And Size

Chrome gives you the option to choose your favorite fonts and customize the size of them as well. Here’s how you can use the options. 

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  1. Go to the menu option in Chrome and open settings. 
  2. Scroll down to find the ‘Appearance’ option in the settings. 
  3. Now you can see the option to change the font size and font style. 
  4. You can click on ‘Advanced font settings and it will take you to the website to install an extension that will let you customize fonts for a particular language.

3. Shortcuts and keyboard access features

If you are someone who is unable to use a pointing device like a mouse then here’s a good one for you, Chrome has a bunch of different shortcuts which can let you operate even without a mouse. This is just like how we used to operate our old mobile phones before the touchscreen came into the picture. Here are some of the most important shortcuts that you can note down and remember. 

  • Press ‘Shift + Alt + B’ to focus on the ‘Bookmarks’ bar and you can use arrow keys and Enter key to operate.
  • Press ‘Shift + Alt + T’ to focus on the ‘Main Toolbar’.
  • Press ‘F10 or Alt’ to focus on the Chrome menu icon.
  • Press ‘Ctrl + Tab’ to navigate from one tab to another.
  • Press ‘Ctrl + W’ to close a current tab.
  • Press ‘Ctrl + N’ to open a new tab.

These are the most common ones. If you want to know all the shortcuts then you can visit Google’s Chrome support page.

4. Chrome’s accessibility extensions

Did you know chrome has a separate section of accessibility extensions for additional features? Here’s how you can access and install them.

Chromes accessibility
  1. Go to Chrome’s menu and then open settings
  2. Go to the advanced section and click on ‘Accessibility’
  3. Now click on ‘Add accessibility features’
  4. You will be redirected to the Webstore and you can see the list of all the Chrome extensions that can help enhance the features.

Some of the most common extensions include

  • Google Translate
  • OpenDyslexic
  • Text to Speech
  • Screen Shader

If you want additional extensions you can search for them in the search box as well.

5. Resetting Chrome

You can screw up the settings if you play around in Google Chrome too much and some of the settings cannot be reverted if you don’t remember. And oftentimes it’s easier for us to reset the Chrome browser than to look for what exactly is wrong and how you fix it. So, here’s how you can reset your Chrome browser back to default settings.

reset chrome pc
  1. Click on the three vertical dots on the top right of the Window.
  2. Now to go Settings > Advanced 
  3. Select “Restore settings to their original defaults” which is the first option.
  4. A confirmation dialog box will appear. To continue select “Reset settings”
  5. It will take a few seconds and the resetting process will finish.

You can choose not to delete the history, bookmarks, or passwords so you don’t need to worry about that.

FAQs

Can a person with a hearing disability use chrome for media consumption?

Yes. Google Chrome now comes with live captions for people with hearing disabilities. You can enable it by playing any media file and clicking the music icon on the top right of the screen (toolbar) and turning on the live captions option. 

Does Chrome come with a screen reader?

There isn’t any inbuilt screen reader in Chrome yet, but you can use a chrome extension for it. There are a lot of options but I personally love Read Aloud.

Conclusion

So these were some of the most useful features in the Chrome browser. These are especially helpful for people with disabilities. But you can use these to customize your Chrome and make your browsing experience better even if you don’t have any physical disabilities. If I missed any important feature that you think should be included then you can comment it down below and I will make sure readers know about it. 

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Satish Shah

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