There are two ways to turn on screen reader support:

One: Turning it on through your Google Account

  1. Go to your Google Account
  • Click on your icon and then Google Account
  • or
  • through the Google Apps icon and select Google Account
  1. Click on Data and Personalization
  2. Scroll to the bottom and select >Accessibility
  3. Click the slider next to Screen Reader to turn on, it should change from white to blue
    Note: If it is blue already then it is already on

Two: When you make a Google Doc you need to turn on Docs screen reader support:

  1. Go to Google Docs and open a document. 
  2. In the Tools menu, select Accessibility settings
  3. Select Turn on screen reader support.

Don’t type fast enough, or would you just rather “talk” your thoughts through on a document? Really need to check out Google Docs “Voice Typing” add in!

Unlike commercial products that you spend $$$ for – Google Docs provide you with a way to talk your way through and create a reasonable document that transcribes your speech onto a typed document. Yes, you will still need to edit, but you would do that if (like me) you have to correct your typing errors!

What do I need to use Voice Typing?

  • Be able to access Google Apps through your LTU Google mail account
  • Have a microphone (headset or computer) that you can use

What can Voice Typing do? 

It transcribes your voice to text. To get the most out of it, speak slowly and enunciate your words. Voice Typing does recognize common punctuation such as:

  • To add a period at the end of a sentence, say PERIOD
  • To add a comma, say COMMA
  • To add an exclamation point, say EXCLAMATION POINT
  • To add (move to) a new line, say NEW LINE
  • To add (move to) a new paragraph, say NEW PARAGRAPH

Other Voice Commands you can use:

You can use commands to edit and format your document. For example, "Select paragraph," "italics," or "Go to the end of the line."

  • To select text, say SELECT [word, or phrase], or SELECT ALL, or SELECT LAST [number of words]
  • To unselect, say UNSELECT

Can I format the document using Voice Typing?

Yes, you can apply headings, add highlighting, add columns.

For a more detailed listing and instructions, here is the link to Google Docs Help webpage

Oh, yes, I used Voice Typing for this document (except for adding the link to the webpage) and the instructional steps below!

Get Started

  • From Google Apps, select Google Docs
  • Start a new document
  • Select Tools, Voice Typing from the Menu bar
  • Allow Google Docs to use your microphone and then select “click to speak”

Try it out!!