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Enabling Accessibility Features on Your HP Tablet (Android 4.1/Jelly Bean)
This document applies to HP tablets with Android 4.1/Jelly Bean operating system.
The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system provides accessibility enhancement settings, allowing you to increase the size or visibility of items on the display, turn on spoken feedback, dictate text entry, change the way the tablet responds to touch, and more. Use the steps in this document to enable accessibility features on your HP tablet.
For additional information regarding accessibility features in the Google products that come preinstalled on your tablet, refer to Making Google accessible (in English).
Making the tablet easier to see and use
Refer to this section for information about accessibility features that make the tablet display easier to see and navigate by touch. Use the following steps to access the accessibility settings:
  1. Touch the All apps icon, and then touch the Settings icon.
  2. In the System section, touch Accessibility.
    Figure : Accessibility
    Accessibility in the System section of the Settings menu
  3. Select the desired accessibility enhancement settings from the menu. For example, place a check mark in the box next to Large text to increase the font size and make text easier to read.
    Figure : Accessibility
    Accessibility settings menu
Dictating text entry with Google Voice Typing on your HP tablet
You can use your voice to enter text on your tablet instead of typing on the on-screen keyboard. Use the following steps to dictate text entry:
  1. Touch inside a text entry area to display the on-screen keyboard.
  2. Touch the microphone icon key on the keyboard.
    Figure : Microphone key
    Microphone key
    The keyboard is hidden, and a microphone appears with the message Speak now.
  3. Begin speaking the words as you would like them to appear on the screen.
    • Pause or resume: To pause the speech-to-text entry, touch the microphone icon, or stop speaking for a few seconds to let it pause automatically. Touch the microphone icon again to resume dictation.
    • Return to the keyboard: Pause the dictation, and then touch the keyboard icon to stop dictation and return to the keyboard.
    • Change the dictation language: Touch the language selection drop-down, and choose your dictation language from the menu. For more information about languages, refer to the HP support document Changing Languages on Your HP Tablet.
Turning on TalkBack screen reader on your HP tablet
The Android Jelly Bean operating system uses a screen reader called TalkBack to provide spoken feedback, narrating what displays on the screen and describing what you touch. It also gives spoken notification alerts. Use the following steps to turn on TalkBack on your tablet:
  1. Touch the All apps icon, and then touch the Settings icon.
  2. In the System section, touch Accessibility.
    Figure : Accessibility
    Accessibility in the System section of the Settings menu
  3. In the Services section, touch TalkBack.
    Figure : TalkBack
    TalkBack
  4. Touch the OFF/ON switch to turn TalkBack on.
    Figure : TalkBack OFF/ON
    TalkBack OFF/ON
  5. The Use TalkBack notification window asks you to confirm TalkBack security permissions relating to data collection. Read the message and touch OK to use TalkBack, or touch Cancel.
    Figure : Use TalkBack?
    Use TalkBack?
  6. By default, turning on TalkBack also turns on Explore by Touch, which changes the way your tablet responds to touch and gestures. See the next section, Making touch gestures easier with Explore by Touch on your HP tablet, for information about the Explore by Touch accessibility feature.
    In the Enable Explore by Touch confirmation window, touch OK to turn on Explore by Touch, or touch Cancel to use TalkBack without turning on Explore by Touch.
    Figure : Enable Explore by Touch?
    Enable Explore by Touch?
Making touch gestures easier with Explore by Touch on your HP tablet
Explore by Touch is an accessibility setting that changes how touch and gestures work on your tablet, to make the tablet easier to use. For example, instead of tapping once to select an item, with Explore by Touch enabled you would tap twice to select an item; and instead of using one finger to scroll on the screen, you would use two fingers to scroll. Explore by Touch gives a verbal description of each item your finger touches on the screen.
Use the steps in this section to turn Explore by Touch on or off, and to launch a tutorial that gives you hands-on experience with exercises to learn about the new touch and gesture settings on your tablet.
  1. Touch the All apps icon, and then touch the Settings icon.
  2. In the System section, touch Accessibility.
    Figure : Accessibility
    Accessibility in the System section of the Settings menu
  3. In the Services section, touch TalkBack.
    Figure : TalkBack
    TalkBack
  4. Make sure the TalkBack OFF/ON switch is turned ON. In the upper right corner of the TalkBack screen, touch Settings to access the TalkBack Settings menu.
  5. Place a check mark in the box next to Explore by touch.
    Figure : Explore by touch
    Explore by touch
  6. Touch OK to confirm.
  7. The Explore by Touch accessibility tutorial launches automatically. Listen and respond to the exercises in the tutorial to learn how to use Explore by Touch, or double-tap Exit to end the tutorial.
    NOTE:
    You can repeat the Explore by Touch tutorial any time. Return to the TalkBack Settings menu and touch Launch "Explore by touch" tutorial.
  8. To turn off Explore by Touch, return to the TalkBack Settings menu and double-tap Explore by touch to remove the check mark. In the confirmation window, double-tap OK.