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Google Calendar can now announce event details verbally; know how

Here are the keyboard shortcuts provided by Google Calendar that can be used to listen to the event details.
Updated on: Oct 02 2022, 16:09 IST
Google introduces a new feature- Announce Shortcuts - for the web version of Google Calendar. (Google Calendar Twitter)
Google introduces a new feature- Announce Shortcuts - for the web version of Google Calendar. (Google Calendar Twitter)

Google Calendar makes it very easy for people to remember important events, and other details. All you need to do is simply save the event or program details on the Google Calendar. And now as per a latest update, Google has introduced a new feature for the web version of Google Calendar, called Announce Shortcuts, which will announce event details verbally. The feature has mainly been introduced to help visually impaired people in getting event details more easily.

Informing about the same in a blog post, Google said, "In addition to the improved announcements for braille comments and highlights available in Google Docs on Web, and the recent launch of more control over accessibility preferences, we’re introducing Announce Shortcuts for Calendar event details."

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Want to know how the feature works? Check the details below:

In order to listen to the event details users can now type a keyboard shortcut (ALT + number, 1 - 7) that will verbalize the content of an event, such as the title, date and time, guest list, and much more. "These shortcuts greatly improve glanceability because they enable Calendar details to be heard on demand instead of time consuming navigation through information," Google said. Also, there is no admin control for this feature.

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To view keyboard shortcuts in Calendar, you will have to type Ctrl+/ on Windows and ChromeOS; and Cmd+/ on Mac. You can also use the below mentioned keyboard combinations to access Announce Shortcuts:

1. Alt+ for Windows

2. Alt+Shift+ for ChromeOS

3. Option+ for Mac

Google further informed that the Announce Shortcuts feature has been rolled out and will be available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers and to users with personal Google accounts.

Here is how you can review an event:

Step 1:

Navigate to an event in the calendar view.

Step 2:

Press Enter.

Step 3:

To review event fields with no shift in focus:

Windows: Press Alt + {number}

ChromeOS: Press Alt + Shift + {number}

MacOS: Press Option + {number}

Step 4:

The {number} selects the event field:

1 Title

2 Date and time

3 Guests

4 Rooms and location

5 Description

6 Attachments

7 Notifications

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First Published Date: 02 Oct, 16:08 IST