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  1. Windows 10 Build 1809 - File Explorer Right-Click-Menu Problem

    I've been everywhere. Feedback Hub, Reddit, Microsoft Accessibility/Support-based accounts on Twitter, Disabled Help Desk. Can we please give this problem some real-world attention by someone who can actually help?

    As of Windows 10 Build 1809 - The registry fix of setting "ImmersiveContextMenu" to "0", located at "Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\FlightedFeatures", no longer has any effect in disabling the new 'immersive context menu'.

    Windows shell has the new style, including desktop, file explorer and open dialog boxes in all applications. Why is this a problem? Why was I previously using a registry tweak to remove the new immersive context menu? Just look at it!…

    60 votes
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    9 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Request for OCR in Narrator on the Xbox

    Many blind gamers are streaming the Xbox screen to the computer through the Xbox app in Windows 10, and run OCR on the picture from the Xbox to read menus in games out loud. It would be fantastic if Narrator on the Xbox could do OCR on the screen in games, so blind gamers can get menus and other kind of text read out loud directly on the Xbox, instead of streaming the screen to a pc to run OCR on the screen.

    21 votes
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  3. Sponsored/Donated Adaptive Controllers

    I was really moved by the Adaptive Controller campaign. It is so amazing to see a company pushing the boundaries and making their product more inclusive.

    I don't know anyone in my personal life who needs this device but I wanted to reach out and ask if you've thought about 'sponsored devices' or creating a program that allows people to purchase a device for a person who needs it. Perhaps continuing the organizational partnerships you've already established to help get the devices to the right people?

    I'm not sure this is the right channel to start this discussion but I…

    15 votes
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  4. WCAG 2.2.2 - Skype does not give the option to pause, stop or hide GIF images

    Hello,

    One of my coworkers finds it extremely difficult to use Skype due to the nature of the GIF images. They play incessantly and he cannot stop them. There is no mechanism to Pause, Stop or Hide the content. He has resorted to using this method to push the GIF out of the viewport:
    [ animated GIF viewport scuttling message ]
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    [ animated GIF viewport…

    6 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Skype  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Purchase the JAWS and ZoomText divisions of Vispero and integrate them into Microsoft and Microsoft products.

    Microsoft should consider purchasing the ZoomText and JAWS divisions of Vispero in order to integrate them into the Microsoft accessibility team. These divisions of Vispero already produce software that is exclusive to Windows, and this is the next logical step in making Windows accessible for everyone. This would add a lot of talented folks to the Narrator, Magnifier, and Disability Answer Desk teams.

    There would be no more need for teams from Microsoft and Vispero to communicate back and forth on accessibility issues. Everything would be done in house, similar to how Apple implements accessibility on their devices and systems.…

    11 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Seeing AI on Android

    Seeing AI is a fantastic app! Please make it available on Android platform.

    160 votes
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    52 comments  ·  Seeing AI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Please offer trainings

    Please offer trainings and machines to Child Life Specialists and Children's Hospital personnel so we can learn how to use them and offer these products to patients in and out of the hospital settings. Play is so therapeutic for children in hospitals and we try to keep their lives as normal as possible during their stay.The Superbowl commercial was well done and inspiring but it's frustrating for kids if we don't know how to play with them or teach them. It would be great!

    11 votes
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  8. High Contrast setting in Windows 10 persists even after log off/on.

    Major issue in education where users rely on roaming profiles to retain their accessibility settings. User switches to HC and any subsequent user inherits their settings.
    Creates global problem for users in schools/colleges as next user may not know how to turn HC off.

    10 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Windows High Contrast  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Please add a Hotkey to Quickly access Favorites Menu.

    Please add alt+A functionality, to quickly access the "Favorites" menu, as in Internet Explorer. As a screen reader and primarily keyboard user, every keystroke matters. Even one or two additional keystrokes make a workflow more cumbersome.

    1 vote
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    3 comments  ·  Microsoft Edge  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Speech recognition improvement needed in Windows

    Please can Microsoft improve Windows speech recognition and speech recognition generally for those who can’t use a keyboard, touch screen or switch. Speech recognition plays such a low profile within Windows 10. It should be much more prominent and more of a priority.

    Infuse some AI and computational cloud computing into each recognition to improve accuracy.

    Windows speech recognition takes a long time to set up and accuracy is not very impressive. It is worlds apart from Nuance Dragon professional speech recognition product.

    Windows speech recognition is of little practical use to people like me who rely completely on voice…

    6 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Windows Speech Recognition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Giving microsoft photos the option to have the windows movie maker layout for blind users.

    It would be nice to have the photos app to work or have the option to work just like the old windows movie maker since it was so blind friendly. We could make videos without asking for sighted help back then. Now we have to ask someone to make our videos YouTube ready which doesn't always work out for us.

    12 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Add better Narrator support for Microsoft Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance.

    Sighted people take remote control for granted. However, it is very difficult for a blind person to remotely control another computer. Most remote control services are either not blind accessible, do not transmit audio, or transmit it with a lot of delay. Tools like NVDA Remote and JAWS Tandem partially solve this problem, but they are not mainstream solutions and require both computers to have the screen reader installed. This is not always feasible if a blind person is working with a sighted person that either has no idea how to install a screen reader or does not want to…

    8 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Add hotkeys in Skype 8 and newer Add hotkeys in Skype 8 and newer

    Since Microsoft will prevent Skype 7 from accessing the Skype network after the 1st of September 2018, they need to enhance Skype 8's functionality to get at least some of Skype 7's functionality to it. One of those missing and crucial for the visually impaired users functions are the global hotkeys for answering and rejecting a call, and similar ones. |They should be restored to Skype 8 as they are in Skype 7. Otherwise, answering or rejecting a call for visually impaired keyboard users is practically a nightmare at the moment. Since Microsoft will prevent Skype 7 from accessing the…

    33 votes
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    14 comments  ·  Skype  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. Add Dwell Clicking as an Ease of Access feature

    Some people (like me) can't use Eye Control for various reasons. We type with trackballs or joysticks. So my question is: If you could offer Dwell Clicking for your Eye Control, **why on Earth** wouldn't you offer it as a global Ease of Access option? It seems like your physical accessibility options, like the Onscreen Keyboard etc., are being really neglected. There is a lot of need for improvement in this area and nothing seems to happen.

    14 votes
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    8 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. On-screen keyboard visibility

    There should be a way to adjust the visibility features of the on-screen keyboard. For individuals with visual impairments it is very difficult to use. The letters are tiny compared to the key size. There is a lot of real-estate that could be utilized. The colors are also not ideal. The white and light gray on a dark gray background is sleek, but not accessible in the slightest.

    I am happy to see Microsoft adding these accessibility features, but there are still a lot of improvements that can be made!

    2 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. Disability status in profile

    Could you please add option to show the disability status in profile.

    1 vote
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    2 comments  ·  LinkedIn Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. Narrator suggestions

    When installing windows from a flash dive it would be nice to have narrator speak during the windows setup process. This would benefit the blind and visually impaired. Also it would be nice to be able to use narrator while in the bios.

    13 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    4 comments  ·  Skype  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. Eye control issue on two monitor setup

    I think I've detected a bug in Eye Control and would like to report it.

    Have done the following test that I think proves it:

    I can access the eye control buttons OK, all of them, even write on the eye control keyboard just fine. But when I ask for a click or even precise mouse action, after positioning on a point on the screen, then it happens that the actual point of the event is another one, to the left of the original one.

    I measured the event point x coordinate and it is exactly one half of the…

    2 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Windows Eye Control  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  20. Improve ability to differentiate between small office icons on taskbar

    I'm partially color blind, and the new modern icons, when used as "small icons" are very hard to differentiate at a glance as they all use a similar color scheme. Yes, they have different icons and letters, but they blend in. Perhaps there is a way to add alternate taskbar icons with different colors to help differentiate between Teams, Outlook, and Word at a glance.

    2 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Outlook - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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