Improving real-time collaboration in Google Docs for assistive technology users

Quick launch summary

It’s now easier for users of assistive technologies, like screen readers and Braille displays, to keep track of real-time updates made by collaborators in a document. With live edits, you can view a periodically updated summary of collaborator changes in a convenient sidebar. In Google Docs Google believes that collaboration works best when it works for everyone.

New edits made by collaborators appear in the live edits sidebar.

To see live edits, open the Accessibility settings by going to Tools > Accessibilitysettings and check “Turn on screen reader support.” Then, select “Show live edits” from the Accessibility menu. To learn more, see this article in Google Help Center.

Helpful links


Rollout details
G Suite editions
  • Available to all G Suite editions.
On/off by default? 
  • This feature will be available by default and can be enabled in the settings of Google Docs.