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Google Adds Accessibility to Docs, Sheets, and Slides

  • Synopsis: Published: 2015-01-26 (Revised/Updated 2017-01-29) - Google is boosting accessibility of mobile versions of its Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps on Android and iOS with some extra features - Disabled World (Disabled World).

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Quote: "People with vision disabilities can use screen-reading services like TalkBack on Android and VoiceOver on iOS to create, edit, and share files in Docs, Sheets and Slides."

According to the post from Google today Docs, Sheets and Slides are all becoming much more accessible within the Google ecosystem.

This release includes new features, improvements include real-time spell-checking in documents, hiding rows and columns in spreadsheets, and grouping shapes in presentations.

  • Docs

    Now get the familiar red line underneath incorrectly spelled words as you type. This helps check for accuracy while typing on the touch-screen keyboard. Docs also received new line spacing features.

  • Sheets

    You can now hide rows and columns, useful for using the small screen area on mobile devices. Sheets also received a new scroll faster feature.

  • Slides

    You're now able to group different objects together by dragging them around the screen giving much better ability to move and shape content within slide-shows much more effectively.

People with vision disabilities can use screen-reading services like TalkBack on Android and VoiceOver on iOS to create, edit, and share files in Docs, Sheets and Slides.

The updated apps also respond well to screen magnification, in case you need to zoom in for a closer look.

All of the updates are available from the App Store ( now for the iOS versions of Docs, Slides, and Sheets.

  • Requires iOS 7.0 or later.
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

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