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Starting Orca Screenreader

When orca is properly installed Plasma offers two ways to start it.


Plasma offers by default a shortcut to start the screenreader. After you logged in, press Meta+Alt+S to turn the screenreader on or off.


To autostart orca after login:

  1. Go to System Settings
  2. Go to Section "Accessibility"
  3. Go to Tab "Screenreader"
  4. Check "Screenreader enabled" checkbox

Activating Visual Aids

Plasma desktop effects contain several accessibility-oriented features, including full-screen zoom, color inversion and assistance locating the mouse pointer.

Settings for these features can be found under Workspace Behavior -> Desktop Effects -> Accessibility.

Full-Screen Magnification

Meta+= and Meta+- zooms in and out, respectively.

The scale factor and mouse pointer tracking can be adjusted in the system settings. For a fixed-sized zoom window, use the "Magnifier" effect rather than the "Zoom" effect.

Inverting Colors

  • Meta+Ctrl+I inverts colors for the entire screen.
  • Meta+Ctrl+U inverts colors for the current window.

Keyboard Navigation

Accessing the application launcher

  • Alt+F1 opens the K-Menu Application launcher just fine.
  • Alt+D is for configuring the Application launcher doesn't work but brings up KRunner.

Task Manager

System Tray

The system tray is currently not accessible

Virtual Desktops

  • Ctrl + number switches to a virtual desktop. Use for example Ctrl+1 to access the first virtual desktop.
  • Configuring virtual desktops: TODO

Lock Screen

The lock screen is accessible.

  • Ctrl-Alt-L locks the screen
  • Use Tab to navigate the lock screen when active. There is one text edit for the password (type your password and press Enter to unlock).
  • There are some additional buttons for shutdown and reboot.
  • The username is a list that can be navigated with the left and right arrow keys to switch between users and start new sessions.

This page was last edited on 5 January 2021, at 09:16. Content is available under Creative Commons License SA 4.0 unless otherwise noted.