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Tails and the GNOME desktop include assistive technologies to support users with various impairments and special needs, and to interact with common assistive devices.
You can activate most of these technologies from the universal access menu (the
[[!img lib/preferences-desktop-accessibility.png alt="Universal Access" class="symbolic" link="no"]]
icon which looks like a person) in the top bar:
These technologies are documented in more details in the [GNOME universal access documentation](
To hear screen elements spoken to you, you can activate the
<span class="guilabel">Screen Reader</span> accessibility feature.
For more detailed documentation refer to the official [<span
class="application">Orca</span> Screen Reader
If you are operating a computer one-handed (by joystick, touchscreen,
or mouse) or zero-handed (by head-mouse or eyetracker), you can use the <span
class="application">[Dasher](</span> graphical predictive text
entry application.
<tr><td>Turn screen reader on or off</td><td>Alt+Super+S</td></tr>
<tr><td>Turn zoom on or off</td><td>Alt+Super+8</td></tr>
To access the universal access menu using the keyboard:
Press <span class="keycap">Ctrl+Alt+Tab</span> to move the keyboard focus to the top bar.
Use the arrow keys on the keyboard to select the universal access menu.
Use the up and down arrow keys to select items in the menu.
<p>The screen reader takes around 10 seconds to start.</p>
<p>The screen reader does not work with the <span class="application">Unsafe
If you prefer a pointing device over the keyboard, you can activate the
<span class="guilabel">Screen Keyboard</span> accessibility feature.
For more detailed documentation refer to the official
[<span class="application">GNOME</span> Screen Keyboard documentation](
Universal access menu
Keyboard shortcuts