Microsoft Accessibility Feedback

Welcome to Microsoft’s Accessibility Feedback forum. We are very interested in learning more about what products, features, and tools will delight our customers. Please share your ideas with us and remember to vote for ideas posted by others that you also think are great.

If you accidentally came here in need of technical support, please reach out to our Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team

I suggest you ...

(thinking…)

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

If a similar idea already exists, you can support and comment on it.

If it doesn't exist, you can post your idea so others can support it.

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

  • Hot ideas
  • Top ideas
  • New ideas
  • My feedback
  1. Make the GitHub contribution chart accessible

    With the recent acquisition of GitHub, I am hoping Microsoft can help to make parts of it more accessible. The contribution chart in particular is a mess. It is completely keyboard inaccessible, its hit areas are too small, it offers no cues for what is interactive, its contrast is poor, it is not exposed to screen readers in any way, and it is not even responsive.

    As a coding experiment I outlined these issues and made a WCAG 2.1 AA compliant version and shared it with GitHub in the hopes they would use it:

    http://adrianroselli.com/2018/02/github-contributions-chart.html

    5 votes
    Sign in
    Check!
    (thinking…)
    Reset
    or sign in with
    • facebook
    • google
      Password icon
      Signed in as (Sign out)

      We’ll send you updates on this idea

      1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • An audible alert for Notification bar

      With magnification (or even a screen reader), it is often impossible to know that the notification bar has popped up and is awaiting some response. A simple bing sound would alert users to press Alt-N to answer the question. Ideally, focus would automatically move to the notification bar.

      5 votes
      Sign in
      Check!
      (thinking…)
      Reset
      or sign in with
      • facebook
      • google
        Password icon
        Signed in as (Sign out)

        We’ll send you updates on this idea

        1 comment  ·  Windows Magnifier  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow Narrator to unmute the system sound device

        Narrator should check the system output device when ever it is activated. If the sound device is muted, Narrator should automatically unmute it and set the volume to a value such as 50% so that it is audible. If the sound device is working properly, Narrator should do nothing and start normally. This would be a great help when trying to work with a system where the sound was muted. By pressing Control+Windows+Enter, the screen reader starts and the sound device is unmuted and set to a relatively high volume.

        3 votes
        Sign in
        Check!
        (thinking…)
        Reset
        or sign in with
        • facebook
        • google
          Password icon
          Signed in as (Sign out)

          We’ll send you updates on this idea

          2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Seeing AI on Android

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

          25 votes
          Sign in
          Check!
          (thinking…)
          Reset
          or sign in with
          • facebook
          • google
            Password icon
            Signed in as (Sign out)

            We’ll send you updates on this idea

            2 comments  ·  Seeing AI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • I thought Jan 31st was latest for free upgrade to Windows 10. Please extend.

            Please extend the free upgrade to Windows 10 for accessibility users.

            36 votes
            Sign in
            Check!
            (thinking…)
            Reset
            or sign in with
            • facebook
            • google
              Password icon
              Signed in as (Sign out)

              We’ll send you updates on this idea

              17 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add Speech to Windows BIOS

              The most inaccessible part of Windows is the BIOS. There is no way for a blind person to change the BIOS by them selves and it is almost impossible to have someone on your phone read the screen that is on the bios over the phone.
              This means that I need to have someone who is comfortable with working on the innards of the computer, who I trust, following directions from someone who has no idea what they should be looking for.
              This is the only time where Narrator has an advantage over other screen readers.
              Please allow some access…

              2 votes
              Sign in
              Check!
              (thinking…)
              Reset
              or sign in with
              • facebook
              • google
                Password icon
                Signed in as (Sign out)

                We’ll send you updates on this idea

                2 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Windows Head Control

                Hello Accessibility Team,

                We wanted to reach you since we had some feedback from our customers. I am writing on behalf on Glassouse Assistive Device team and would like to share a suggestion of ours.

                Our product is a hybrid glass-mouse using a 9-axis gyroscope to detect the head movements for dragging mouse cursors. Right now our new version of GlassOuse can be used with our highly adaptable switch control options - G-Switch Series to do the clicking actions or without them via dwell software.

                For right clicks, drag-n-drop, scroll etc. we suggest to use a 3rd party software on…

                4 votes
                Sign in
                Check!
                (thinking…)
                Reset
                or sign in with
                • facebook
                • google
                  Password icon
                  Signed in as (Sign out)

                  We’ll send you updates on this idea

                  1 comment  ·  Windows Eye Control  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 7 votes
                  Sign in
                  Check!
                  (thinking…)
                  Reset
                  or sign in with
                  • facebook
                  • google
                    Password icon
                    Signed in as (Sign out)

                    We’ll send you updates on this idea

                    1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Can you (Microsoft) please improve the GPS instructions on the Soundscape app?

                    I love the new and magnificent app, but am still struggling a little bit with it. Below are my struggles as a legally blind user:

                    1. It's too hard for me to determine from which direction my destination is by just listening to the beacon. Can you please find a better way to have the app guide me to my destination?

                    2. Can the GPS instructions be made easier to understand for the visually impaired? I can't interpret directions based on street names and numbers. I would prefer that the app tells me how to get to my destination by…

                    6 votes
                    Sign in
                    Check!
                    (thinking…)
                    Reset
                    or sign in with
                    • facebook
                    • google
                      Password icon
                      Signed in as (Sign out)

                      We’ll send you updates on this idea

                      1 comment  ·  Soundscape  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Row headers not reading in Excel Tables

                      I have read Microsoft Accessibility Team Manager's response to Duff that states that Narrator will read column and row headers if appropriate options are checked in the Design tab for tables. I have tried this on multiple Windows 10 computers running April 2018 update and last fall's update. I am unhappy to report that the proposed solution has not worked for me or my students.

                      4 votes
                      Sign in
                      Check!
                      (thinking…)
                      Reset
                      or sign in with
                      • facebook
                      • google
                        Password icon
                        Signed in as (Sign out)

                        We’ll send you updates on this idea

                        1 comment  ·  Excel - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Make Narrator text to speech voice more human like

                        Please make it sound less robotic

                        6 votes
                        Sign in
                        Check!
                        (thinking…)
                        Reset
                        or sign in with
                        • facebook
                        • google
                          Password icon
                          Signed in as (Sign out)

                          We’ll send you updates on this idea

                          1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Windows Speech Recognition (SAPI) does not shut down properly on Windows 10. I suggest you fix this bug :)

                          How to replicate said issue:

                          I have placed a shortcut for starting Windows Speech Recognition on my Desktop.

                          Shortcut copied from C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessibility\Windows Speech Recognition

                          - Click the shortcut to start Windows Speech Recognition
                          - Open Start
                          - Close Start
                          - Close Windows Speech Recognition
                          - Click the shortcut to Windows Speech Recognition

                          Windows Speech Recognition won’t open. Looking at Task Manager you’ll see Speech Recognition still running.

                          If you open Start, you’ll see Speech Recognition disappearing from Task Manager and you are able to open Windows Speech Recognition again.

                          This odd bug is somehow tied to the Start menu.

                          6 votes
                          Sign in
                          Check!
                          (thinking…)
                          Reset
                          or sign in with
                          • facebook
                          • google
                            Password icon
                            Signed in as (Sign out)

                            We’ll send you updates on this idea

                            4 comments  ·  Windows Speech Recognition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Go back to having an email contacts. Sometimes it is just a lot easier to email, especially if I want to attach a screen print.

                            Why not go back to being able to contact you by EMAIL?? Sometimes we like to attach something to explain the problem better.
                            I'm afraid you've lost the idea of "Ease of Access" or at least for help.

                            3 votes
                            Sign in
                            Check!
                            (thinking…)
                            Reset
                            or sign in with
                            • facebook
                            • google
                              Password icon
                              Signed in as (Sign out)

                              We’ll send you updates on this idea

                              1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Provide an option to make the mouse cursor/insertion point centered in full screen when magnified.

                              Providing an option for making the mouse cursor centered when moving around the screen would negate the need for ZoomText; additionally, I'd want the functionality to apply to centering the screen around the insertion point when typing.

                              There has already been an idea posted here:
                              https://microsoftaccessibility.uservoice.com/forums/307429-microsoft-accessibility-feedback/suggestions/17819389-improve-magnification-make-it-more-apple-like

                              But it seems the "- Add an option to center the mouse in the zoom area (full screen mode)" has been ignored

                              1 vote
                              Sign in
                              Check!
                              (thinking…)
                              Reset
                              or sign in with
                              • facebook
                              • google
                                Password icon
                                Signed in as (Sign out)

                                We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                2 comments  ·  Windows Magnifier  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • please extend the free upgrade window 10 for accessibility users

                                please extend the free upgrade window 10 for accessibility users

                                6 votes
                                Sign in
                                Check!
                                (thinking…)
                                Reset
                                or sign in with
                                • facebook
                                • google
                                  Password icon
                                  Signed in as (Sign out)

                                  We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                  1 comment  ·  Access - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Show as Out of Office shading - Outlook 2016

                                  The shading for the Show as Out of Office needs to be much darker in Outlook 2016, just as it was in earlier versions. It is very annoying that you are no longer able to scan the calendar for out of office days due to the color change.

                                  3 votes
                                  Sign in
                                  Check!
                                  (thinking…)
                                  Reset
                                  or sign in with
                                  • facebook
                                  • google
                                    Password icon
                                    Signed in as (Sign out)

                                    We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                    2 comments  ·  Outlook - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Implement scanning access for switch users to Windows please.

                                    While the new Eye Control is a game changer for many people with physical access difficulties, it doesn't necessarily t work for folk that may need switch access through the OS. Currently only third party programs can do this via floating onscreen keyboards (ACAT, Grid 3, Communicator 5) - but a more elegant and robust solution would be to allow access directly to OS UI elements. An alternative might be to implement a basic and customisable onscreen keyboard in Ease of Access that allowed interaction with Windows (perhaps even bring ACAT radar mouse control into Win10?.

                                    5 votes
                                    Sign in
                                    Check!
                                    (thinking…)
                                    Reset
                                    or sign in with
                                    • facebook
                                    • google
                                      Password icon
                                      Signed in as (Sign out)

                                      We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                      1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • sticky notes is not disability friendly

                                      The sticky notes in the Microsoft Store are not disability friendly at all. It is so frustrating that many programs have been made without us in mind. It is such a shame. I am a college student and I cannot utilize a lot of things offered in the Microsoft Store. I am so disgusted my this.

                                      4 votes
                                      Sign in
                                      Check!
                                      (thinking…)
                                      Reset
                                      or sign in with
                                      • facebook
                                      • google
                                        Password icon
                                        Signed in as (Sign out)

                                        We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                        1 comment  ·  Microsoft Edge  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • I suggest you use Sports and technology to bring joy to the 57 million disabled in his country.

                                        I'm chairman of United States adaptive golf alliance Bring in the joy and sense of freedom go Over 15,000 disabled individuals annually of which 26% our wounded veterans.
                                        Combine the power of Microsoft with our initiative to take the 1st USA Para-Golf TEAM to the Paralympics in 2024, Will not only prove the power of golf, but the power of technology to excite the 57 million disable in our country. Join us along with Coca-Cola, US special Olympics, etc..

                                        2 votes
                                        Sign in
                                        Check!
                                        (thinking…)
                                        Reset
                                        or sign in with
                                        • facebook
                                        • google
                                          Password icon
                                          Signed in as (Sign out)

                                          We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                          2 comments  ·  Access - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Visio - accessibility to features that are available in powerpoint

                                          I am working on some one page trainings. I really like the tab approach in Visio, but there are many features in power point, that would really make it easier to use the tool.

                                          It would also be great to have the tool read-back what you type.

                                          3 votes
                                          Sign in
                                          Check!
                                          (thinking…)
                                          Reset
                                          or sign in with
                                          • facebook
                                          • google
                                            Password icon
                                            Signed in as (Sign out)

                                            We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                            1 comment  ·  Visio - Office Accessiblity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                          ← Previous 1 3 4 5 27 28
                                          • Don't see your idea?

                                          Feedback and Knowledge Base