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Google Drive Guides for JAWS and VoiceOver

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I have created these Google Drive Guides for JAWS and VoiceOver for students (and adults) who are screenreader users and/or teachers. They are step-by-step guides and are designed to be as easy as possible to follow. Since so many students are now using Google Drive in their classes, we hope that this information will be timely and helpful!

Google Drive with JAWS

This step-by-step guide offers an introduction to the key components of Google Drive for JAWS users, including:
  • Getting Started
  • Navigation Panel
  • File List
  • Actions Menu
  • Adding a star
  • Moving a file to a new folder
  • Searching for a file or folder
  • Sorting files and folders
  • Sharing a file or folder
  • Uploading a new file
  • Creating new folders
  • Deleting files and folders
  • Restoring files and folders
  • Advanced sharing

 

Google Drive with Voice Over

This step-by-step guide offers a basic introduction to some of the key components of Google Drive for VoiceOver users, including:
  • Getting Started
  • Navigation Panel
  • File List
  • Actions Menu
  • Adding a star
  • Moving a file to a new folder
  • Searching for a file or folder
  • Sorting files and folders
  • Sharing a file or folder
  • Uploading a new file
  • Creating new folders
  • Deleting files and folders
  • Restoring files and folders
  • Advanced sharing
Collage of Google Drive Guides
 
 

Comments

googleplus

Posted by lucy

Is there some instruction that would help a blind use navigate a google plus community site using jaws. Our TVI group here in Alaska use this site to communicate together but one of our teachers who is blind is having a hard time accessing it.

Google Plus

Posted by John Rose

Hi Lucy,
Thank you for bringing this need to our attention. I have not had any students who are using Google Plus, but I would be happy to take a look at the platform when I have a chance.
John

Voice Over to Read & Edit Google Doc

Posted by Elizabeth Doyle...

This is a great guide! Thank you. My student has a MacBookPro and we are just starting with Voice Over. The district is moving towards Google Classroom and therefore I have decided to teach him how to use Google Drive (Docs etc.) to complete his work. He is in 4th grade. We ran into a problem yesterday trying to read a Google Doc using VO+ All, paragraph sentences etc. The VO commands were not working within Google Docs. Is there some trick I am missing? Thanks! Elizabeth

Thank you!

Posted by Elizabeth Doyle...

Thank you John! I am going to try this out today! I appreciate all of the resources and direction. Elizabeth

Chrome Busy

Posted by Elizabeth Doyle...

Hi John,

So enabling the screen reader support worked but when I used the VO+A command to read all, it told me "Chrome Busy"...I'm going to see if I can find more info on this in your resources but thought I'd ask in case you have a quick answer! Looking forward to your new resources!

Elizabeth

Google Classroom and Jaws

Posted by Emily Carter

Hello!
Our school district is moving to using Chromebooks for students to access and complete assignments in Google classroom. My TVI is suggesting using my students laptop that has JAWS on it to access these assignments rather that introducing another piece of technology. The issue we are having is not matter what I do I am not able to get Jaws and anything in Google to play nice. I have done so much research trying to figure it out that I have made myself overwhelmed! What am I missing? Is it how the teachers are uploading their assignments? Is there a list of commands that I haven't found to help navigate? Any help you could provide would be well appreciated!
Thanks in advance...

 She uses JAWS 13.0

Posted by Emily Carter

 She uses JAWS 13.0
  • We are having challenges with anything google! The only thing I can sort of get Jaws to do is open a new doc and speak as she types but then to get it to read it back to her later it won't?
  • Her teacher said she is uploading docs, PDF and forms mostly. 
 
Few more questions that have come up as I continue to research this..
  • What is the best editing program to use with PDF (Kami, Docs Hub, etc.)?
  • Is it better to use Firefox or Explorer with JAWS and Google? I have read articles that support use of each option as best?
  • I found an article saying that an issue with google and JAWS could be because of AT Compatability.  What is that and could it be my issue?
 
Sorry I have so many questions. I have been left to figure this out and I am not as tech savvy as I wish I was.
 
Thanks,
Emily

google classroom

Posted by anthony rivera

hello there john, I am a student using jaws 17, and i am trying to access google classroom. For a while it worked, but now, i don't know if they did an update or something, but i don't know how to attach documents to assignments. Before there was a link or button i clicked on to attach or create a new document, with this update, or at least now that i go to my assignments, i don't see anything like a button to attach or create a document.

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