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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 17 January 2021, at 11:02. Content is available under Creative Commons License SA 4.0 unless otherwise noted.