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 +====== Chromebook Tricks ======
 +These are the tricks that students learn to make a Chromebook unusable, or at least frustrating. Of course, we have advice on how to fix them.
 +
 +===== Rotated screen =====
 +Students can turn the screen 90 degrees counter-clockwise by pressing:
 +
 +**ctrl + shift + ⟳**
 +
 +That last key is the “refresh” key above the number 4. So:
 +
 +{{:​kb:​screen_shot_2019-02-07_at_4.35.23_pm.png?​400|}}
 +
 +===== Different language =====
 +
 +  - If you are not logged in to the Chromebook, log in. (You may have to do this in another language.)
 +  - Launch the Chrome browser and enter the following URL in the address field: ''​%%chrome://​settings/​languages%%''​
 +  - Select English.
 +
 +===== Accessibility =====
 +
 +All of the following changes can be done in a portion of setting that’s meant to be helpful. In fact, there may be a time and place where these do help a student use Chromebook. In most cases, however, these are pranks.
 +
 +Unfortunately,​ reaching the accessibility options has gotten harder. Here is how to reach it:
 +
 +  - Click the status area, where your account picture appears, or press Alt + Shift + s.
 +  - Click Settings Settings Icon - Grey "​wheel-like"​ icon.
 +  - At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
 +  - In the "​Accessibility"​ section, check or uncheck the box to turn on or off any of these options (note: I have highlighted the ones that come up most):
 +
 +  * Show accessibility options in the system menu: Adds the Accessibility menu item to your status area.
 +  * Show large mouse cursor: Makes the cursor bigger and easier to see.
 +  * Use high contrast mode: Inverts colors to make text easier to read. You can also turn this on by pressing Search + Shift + h.
 +  * Enable sticky keys: Holds down the accessibility shortcut keys (Shift, Search, Ctrl, Alt) so you don’t have to press them first every time.
 +  * Enable ChromeVox (spoken feedback): Describes what is happening on the screen.
 +  * Enable screen magnifier: Makes items on the screen bigger. Pan around to see them.
 +  * Enable tap dragging: To move objects on the screen, double-tap and drag your finger.
 +  * Automatically click when the mouse pointer stops: Click without pressing your mouse, touchpad, or other pointing device. You can also choose the length of the delay before clicking.
 +  * Enable on-screen keyboard: Shows an on-screen keyboard that can be clicked with a mouse (or tapped if you have a touch screen).
 +  * Play the same audio through all speakers: Play all sounds together (mono sound) rather than separately (stereo sound).
 +  * Highlight the text caret: See a colored circle that fades until the cursor reappears or moves.
 +  * Highlight the mouse cursor: See a colored circle around your cursor while it’s moving.
 +  * Highlight the object with keyboard focus: See a colored rectangle around an object.
 +
 +===== Weird keyboard output =====
 +
 +It is possible to change to a keyboard for another language (which will be subtly wrong) or an alternate keyboard like Dvorak (which will be incredibly wrong). ​
 +
 +If you are in an unusual keyboard, you will see it on the settings panel. Instead of saying “US Keyboard,​” it might say “US Dvorak keyboard” or “US Colemak keyboard.” Just click there and choose “US Keyboard” (the first in the list).
 +
 +===== Accessibility =====
 +From the main panel, click on “Accessibility,​” and you will find these options. You toggle them on or off by clicking on them. They are:
 +
 +===== ChromeVox, aka “why is the Chromebook saying everything?​” =====
 +This will read aloud all the screen interactions.
 +
 +===== Large mouse cursor =====
 +You have to admit, it’s kind of funny. It reminds me of the giant wooden spoons people used to hang on kitchen walls.
 +High contrast mode, aka “everything looks like a photo negative”
 +Apparently this can also be turned on while the secure browser for testing is running. In that case, use this shortcut:
 +
 +**shift + 🔍 + h**
 +
 +===== Screen Magnifier =====
 +If people are saying the screen is “zoomed in,” that could mean a few different things: All the elements are large, or just the type is large, or we have a scrolling view as if looking in a magnifying glass. The different solutions are all here.
 +On-screen keyboard
 +This one is actually unobtrusive and, for one use, helpful. It puts a little button on the bottom bar of the screen:
 +
 +{{:​kb:​screen_shot_2019-02-07_at_4.38.29_pm.png?​400|}}
 +
 +When you click on that, a virtual keyboard opens on the screen. Here is the tiny feature of that keyboard that matters:
 +
 +
 +{{:​kb:​screen_shot_2019-02-07_at_4.38.59_pm.png?​400|}}
 +
 +That tiny microphone icon lets you do voice dictation. Make of that what you will.
 +
 +Anyway, you make the on-screen keyboard disappear by clicking the keyboard-down button in the lower right. And you can turn it off altogether in the Accessibility section:
 +
 +{{:​kb:​screen_shot_2019-02-07_at_4.39.30_pm.png?​250|}}
 +
 +More resources
 +Here is the full list of Chromebook keyboard shortcuts: https://​support.google.com/​chromebook/​answer/​183101?​hl=en
  
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