If you’re just using your Chromebook as usual one day and an orange box suddenly appears on your screen, or your Chromebook starts talking to you out of nowhere, don’t be alarmed. Your Chromebook won’t crash, the screen hasn’t gone crazy, and everything is fine. All that happened is that you have somehow activated some accessibility features on your machine.
ChromeVox is Google’s screen reader and adaptive display technology for Chromebook. Visually impaired users use these features to make the machine work better for them. However, if you are not visually impaired, these functions will cause you discomfort (which is why they are usually disabled). Fortunately, this situation is easy to fix if it arises.
Enable / disable ChromeVox
When you press Ctrl + Alt + Z on your Chromebook keyboard, either intentionally or accidentally, you enable your ChromeVox. There is also a setting to enable or disable ChromeVox in your Chromebook’s accessibility settings. To access your Chromebook’s accessibility settings, follow these steps;
- Click the box on the lower right side of your Chromebook where the time, Wi-Fi, battery, and images from your Google account are located.
- Then click Settings where the cogwheel icon is displayed.
- Once you’ve opened the settings box, scroll down to the bottom.
- Click on Show advanced configuration then scroll down until you see accessibility.
- If the check box next to Enable ChromeVox (voice feedback) is marked, unmarked.
By deselecting ChromeVox on your Chromebook, the orange box will no longer be visible on your screen and your Chromebook will stop speaking loudly to you. You can also press Ctrl + Alt + Z to quickly turn ChromeVox’s accessibility settings on or off.
If the ChromeVox settings box is not checked in your Chromebook’s Accessibility settings and the hotkey doesn’t work, shut down your Chromebook completely and restart it. This is also known to be done to solve the orange box problem.
So whether your puppy, kitty, other household pet, child, or has unknowingly turned on Google ChromeVox, now you can find out how to turn it off.
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