Chromebook How to Get Rid of the Orange Box

Posted by Heather on July 29, 2016
Chromebook How to get rid of the orange box

Does your Chromebook suddenly have an Orange box that seems to have appeared out of nowhere?  Perhaps you’ve hit the keys on your Chromebook’s keyboard to trigger this unknowingly or it happened after an update to your Chromebook.  This could also trigger your Chromebook suddenly talking to you and scaring the life out of you.

Well, let’s take a look at how to fix this sudden annoyance or mystery for some.


When you press ctrl+alt+z on your Chromebooks keyboard, whether intentionally or accidentally it enables your Chromebooks Chromevox, which is Google’s screen reader for Chrome.  This is useful for those that have a visual impairment and the choice to turn it on and off is also located in your Chromebooks accessibility settings.  To get your Chromebooks accessibility settings follow these steps;

  1. Click on the box in the lower right-hand side of your Chromebook where the time, Wi-Fi, battery and you Google account picture’s located.                                                                                                                                                                  Chromebook Profile
  2. Next, click on settings where the cog icon is displayed.                                                              Chromebook Settings
  3. Once you’ve opened the settings box, scroll to the bottom.
  4. Click on show advanced settings then, scroll down until you see accessibility.          Chromebook Advanced
  5. If the checkbox next to Enable Chromevox (spoken feedback) is checked off, uncheck it.  Chromebook Chromevox

By unselecting Chromevox on your Chromebook, the orange box will no longer be visible on your screen and your Chromebook quits speaking aloud to you.  You can also press ctrl+alt+z which are the keyboard shortcut or hotkeys to enable and disable the Chromevox accessibility setting.

If the Chromevox setting box isn’t checked off in the Accessibility settings on your Chromebook and the shortcut key doesn’t work then, power down your Chromebook completely and reboot it.  Doing this has also been know to resolve the orange box issue.   

So, whether your puppy, kitten, other household pet, child or you’ve turned on Google Chromevox (spoken feedback) without knowingly doing so, you’re now able to figure out how to turn it off.  Hopefully, with this little tidbit of information you won’t slowly go insane and now you know what has taken place.   You now have the mysterious piece to the puzzle as to why your Chromebook has suddenly started talking about everything highlighted in the orange box and speaking all the characters you type.

5 thoughts on “Chromebook How to Get Rid of the Orange Box”

Melissa says:
Thank you! That box has been annoying me for months! I think my puppy walked on the keyboard and turned it on.
Dusin says:
Hello did the update today now I have the orange box it wont read anything iv’e followed all the tips and nothing seems to get rid of it it just comes right back uuuughhh. What to do know ……….
Tammy Spiegel says:
This was helpful! Although, the box was not checked in accessibility but the orange box was still there. I checked the box and then unchecked it and wa-la, it was gone!! I enabled the chromevox while cleaning my keyboard.
Midge Cline says:
That is what I had to do too. Click and unlock and it was gone. Thank God.
Heather says:
Thanks, Patricia! I’m glad I’ve been able to help you.
patricia a goralczyk says:
Thank you, once again. I use your site often and your suggestions have worked every time!!

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