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  1. Highlighting Colours

    Hello, I am a frequent user of Microsoft word and have recently realized that your selection of highlighting colours is quite limited. I am suggesting you should included a wider variety of colours such as an orange or even some pastel variety similar to what are available on Microsoft one note. being a student i am often having to highlight documents and am constantly limited with my selection of highlighting colours as you do not provide a simple colour such as orange. I think this would be an easy addition to your program and would assist many students like myself…

    25 votes
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    8 comments  ·  Word - Office Accessiblity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Windows 10 Global Font type change through Color and Appearance

    In Windows 7, we had the option to adjust screen resolution, DPI (set custom text size) and color metrics to suit accessibility needs. I prefer to have the Tahoma font globally as this is very clear of all.

    In Windows 10 I realise that the resolution changes and Custom Display Setting are mutually dependent and automatically changes. In Window colour metrics the option to change the colours, font type are missing. In Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Display has some customizing options, the ability to update the font type has been removed.

    Can we please bring this feature back asap?

    STEPS in…

    14 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Xbox One - Accessibility - Audio balancing for left-right

    The Xbox One already provides a lot of features in terms of accessibility.

    One feature that is missing in my opinion is the option to manually balance the audio for left-right. Many Microsoft devices (e.g. phones, workstations) already offer the opportunity to balance it yourself.

    The reason i'm asking is that my own hearing is slightly impaired (25-30%) on one side (right) rendering headphones practically useless for many games. In my idea this is a relative simple feature to add to the accessibility options, making the Xbox One system more and more accessible to all members in the public, including…

    14 votes
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  4. Get accessibility checker to warn about links that don't have descriptive text

    It would be great if the accessibility checker warned about links that have been inserted as the URL address (https://blah.com/etc/etc/etc.com) instead of being replaced by descriptive text.

    10 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Word - Office Accessiblity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Get accessibility checker to warn about text that has been formatted with manually created styles

    Is it possible to make the accessibility checker warn users when they create new styles to format text, instead of using (or modifying) the built in word styles?
    - as manually created styles, eg. headings, can't be recognised by screen readers.

    10 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Word - Office Accessiblity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Windows 10 - File Explorer - Line height cropping at larger text size

    I am raising this issue for a colleague. Please get in touch if you would like to get screenshots and discuss further.

    · I am using Windows 10
    • with 31 inch monitor.
    • The current display settings is set to 350% for accessibility reasons.
    • Under ease of access’, ‘make text bigger’ I set text size to ‘225%’.

    Issues:
    1. In File explorer, when I select the (preferred) view option to either ‘list’ or ‘details’, the text, whilst large enough, is bunched and cropped height wise, making it quite difficult to read and distinguish. Unfortunately, the other view options…

    3 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. 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.

    24 votes
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  8. 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!…

    64 votes
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    12 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. increase the notification/system tray icons to at least 32 pixels option, its important for tray indicators,

    increase the notification/system tray icons to at least 32 pixels option, its important for tray indicators, for example processor and disk real time indicator, upload, download, indicator, antivirus indicator, keyscrambler indicator, cups lock indicator, etc, for years we are still stuck n 16px for tray icons and nobody cares, its too small for some people who wears eye glasses, i think to increase system tray icons to 32 pixels will be something inventive for the new windows os, if it will be possible to make this changes on windows 10 so better,
    this is very important, for some people, even…

    7 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Windows Eye Control  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. 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 ]
    [ animated GIF viewport scuttling message ]
    [ animated GIF viewport scuttling message ]
    [ animated GIF viewport scuttling message ]
    [ animated GIF viewport scuttling message ]
    [ animated GIF viewport scuttling message ]
    [ animated GIF viewport…

    10 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Skype  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. 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…

    18 votes
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  12. Stop using click here, or here for hyperlinks

    I'm probably posting this in the wrong location but this was the closest forum I could find.
    I want to make an appeal to Microsoft's Accessibillity champions to run some internal training for the folk that prepare Microsoft's web page content and promotional emails. Please teach them how to write effective link text rather than using 'click here' .
    Contextual text links have been a Web Content Accessibilty Guidelines (WCAG) requirement for a very long time now. And giving users an instruction to click something is not inclusive; mobile users tap, keyboard users press enter, etc
    I'm trying to get…

    5 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Access - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. 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.…

    15 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. add dark screen/ screen shade feature on Narrator

    PLEASE add screen shade featur where the screen goes black and sited person can not see the screen it will save the battery life of laptop

    3 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. What the **** is going on!!! veterans who have disabilities are treatred like **** here I can never a live person

    This is ****. People who have who have put thier life on line for years. Yes we can go blind and deaf, well I guess that doesnt matter much. youll never a live person at mocrosoft

    1 vote
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    2 comments  ·  Access - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. 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…

    8 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Windows Speech Recognition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. java based applications accessibility improvement

    Hi, at a moment narrator is not working with java applications, nvda and jaws screen readers does. Please enable the support of java access bridge , so narrator can work with applications that are developed in java.
    please up-vote this idea, because it is important you never know when you need screen reader software support for java applications.

    In terms of features Microsoft should publish the release schedule and let us upvote the features we want. at a moment progress feels quite slow, improving quite a bit but it could be better. make a survey or something for data collection…

    2 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. Upgrading & access.

    My Windows 8.1 Pro goes blank screen sometimes on start up. All upgrades should be done ONLY AFTER I have finished. That way I can leave the PC on then until YOU are finished & why blank the screen? Let's be OPEN with each other! Also you should have easy access to contact email addresses for faster easier access to you people!

    1 vote
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  19. Integrate Speech Recognition voice commands with Narrator

    I’m blind and struggle with keyboards so I love the idea of controlling pc using voice. The trouble is that speech recognition voice commands do not integrate with Narrator. If you check out Apple’s iOS 13 beta, voice control and voiceover work together pretty well, so I can navigate an iPhone, open emails, reply, edit text all just with voice. I’d dearly love to be able to do this on my Windows 10 laptop, but so far this is not possible. I can open the mail app with a voice command but after that, I’m pretty stuck with voice commands.…

    2 votes
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  20. Seeing AI on Android

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

    169 votes
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