Google Docs update makes it easier for visually impaired users to navigate

Google is making it easier for visually impaired people to use its Microsoft Office The biggest change is a new shortcut — Ctrl+Alt+H on Windows, and CMD+Option+H on Mac — to instantly toggle Braille support in Docs, Sheets and Slides. Finally, Google has changed its software so that images, misspelling and grammatical errors are verbalized “directly by assistive technology,” such as refreshable braille displays.

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The free productivity suite supports popular screen reader tools such as ChromeVox, a Chrome extension which comes preinstalled on Chromebooks, NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) and JAWS (Job Access with Speech) on Windows, and Apple’s own VoiceOver software on Mac.

The biggest change is a new shortcut — Ctrl+Alt+H on Windows, and CMD+Option+H on Mac — to instantly toggle Braille support in Docs, Sheets and Slides.

Finally, Google has changed its software so that images, misspelling and grammatical errors are verbalized “directly by assistive technology,” such as refreshable braille displays.

Google Docs, Slides and Drawings have supported Braille displays for some time.

Braille devices also work with Google’s dedicated Docs and Slides apps for Android, iPhone and iPad.

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