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  1. Eye Control: Open up the operating system to all alternative access users.

    It's exciting that the operating system may be opened up for eye-gaze users, as a built in feature, but....

    What about head-tracker users?
    What about non-Tobii eye-tracker users?
    What about other pointer controlling AT devices?
    What about switch users?

    Would be magical to open things up for a much vaster array of users, rather than curtail to one narrow area. Please do it. :)

    13 votes
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    • It would be wonderful if we could get a way to completely disable the monitor on laptops (like windows+p used to do on 7).

      All available options currently turn the screen off, but any key press brings it back. Keeping the screen completely turned off is great for us blind users who don't use it at all, since it offers privacy, saves battery, and means we don't need to change brightness settings whenever somebody else needs to use the machine.

      8 votes
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      • Narrator on 64-bit systems should be able to use 32-bit TTS voices

        Currently, on 64-bit Windows, Narrator can use only TTS voices that have 64-bit support. Most (if not all) newer voices do have 64-bit support. But there are older TTS voices, that have only 32-bit support. They can be installed on 64-bit Windows and used by programs that support them. But Narrator on 64-bit Windows does not support them and can't use them. The ideal solution would be to ask the developers of the TTS voices in question to add 64-bit support to them. But most of those TTS voices are abandoned (no longer developed) and the chance to get an…

        9 votes
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        • Shading for outlook all day events needs to be darker so I can clearly see I am busy

          Make all day event in a darker shade or different colour so I don't double book myself

          12 votes
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          • narrator on log on screen

            as of now, narrator only starts after typing the password. but I wish, it should launch automatically on log on screen too. I've already enabled start narrator automatically under setting>ease up access center.

            7 votes
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            • A Utility For Identifying Words With Multiple Spellings That Sound the Same

              As a blind writer and editor, my biggest challenge is homonyms and homophones. Current tools allow me to proof for all other aspects of copy, but not this one. Grammar check catches selected ones like it’s verses its, which is helpful. What would be ideal, is a utility that flags every word in a document that is a homonym or homophone, pops up a window with very brief definitions, and lets you verify which spelling you want. It would also be helpful if you could enter exceptions, words you’re confident you already know, in order to streamline the process. Of…

              11 votes
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              • make the BeeLine Reader plugin available for Microsoft Word.

                I currently use the BeeLine Reader plugin for my browser, which helps making dense text passages easier to read. As a legal professional, I would really like to be able to utilize this feature in Microsoft Word but I was told that the plugin architecture does not support BeeLine. Would you please consider adding it? Thank you!

                3 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Word - Office Accessiiblity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • problem in font size symbol fetcher in win 10 creators update

                  There was a fetcher that allowed the enlargement of the font symbols...i would like it to be back, the fact that there is a magnifier does not solve this problem. some of the people do not need magnifier at all only the enlargement of the font under the symbol

                  7 votes
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                    3 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Outlook - Office Accessiiblity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • XBOX Live Enforcement Action and Code of Conduct punishment should be taken lightly for people of disability

                      I get a lot of enforcement action from XBOX Live by other players that report me cause I can't control my actions of sending messages to other players
                      Im the type of person who isn't abusive or threatening
                      But I attend to over exaggerate on peoples gameplay abilities and I try not to say anything bad.
                      But as well I don't want to be permanently suspended in the future as I have a disability and I love playing online
                      The people who I chat on the Disability Answer Desk doesn't provide the help that we should be getting as I…

                      4 votes
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                      • the ability for narrator to work in windows PE

                        as of yet narrator does not function when running windows pe.
                        example of this, make a recovery drive boot from the drive press control plus windows plus enter narrator does not work.
                        thanks for considdering my request

                        6 votes
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                        • 6 votes
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                          • bring back being able to email microsoft.. not all of us have the time for other ways

                            getting office has done something to other apps on my computer .. wher they wont open ..

                            3 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Access - Office Accessiiblity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add a pronunciation dictionary to Narrator

                              This is a feature that is found in all the other major screen readers. Narrator should include a pronunciation dictionary to customize how the speech synthesizer pronounces certain words if the default pronunciation is incorrect. This is usually done by entering the correct spelling of the word followed by a misspelled version that is pronounced correctly by the TTS voice. Whenever Narrator encounters the correct spelling of the word, it will speak it using the custom pronunciation rule.

                              8 votes
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                              • Please speak the keyboard typing in your tutorials of microsoft virtual academy.

                                .Microsoft virtual academy is a very useful service for learning. But the blind people cannot understand it easily. I request you to speak keyboard commands and typing on the keyboard. Thanks

                                6 votes
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                                • 3 votes
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                                  • an audable sound when win pe is booted so people who can't see will know when the re enviroment has loaded

                                    the ability for win pe /win re to have an audable sound when win pe is booted so people who can't see will know when the re enviroment has loaded
                                    I believe this would be very useful to people like me who don't have any site.

                                    4 votes
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                                    • Learning Tools

                                      Learning tools is an accessibility feature that should be available in all versions off office at least as an optional add-on. I recommend making it a part of the program too so students, faculty, and staff do not have to go through filling out ADA paperwork just to get it. Learning tools is not included in the Office 365 ProPlus or the free copies that employees or students receive. People with disabilities are penalized by having to pay for a subscription that would otherwise be at no charge.

                                      12 votes
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                                      • Website for updating to Windows 10 for accessibility tech users.

                                        When I attempted to use the down load button on the disability webpage to allow disabled users great to Windows 10 for free my screen reader could not activate the button and I tried several screen readers including jaws are the creators update and the new improved narrator in the fall creators update as part of the insider program.

                                        2 votes
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                                        • for narrator to have more voices like microsoft mark

                                          it would be great if narrator had more nachural sounding voices like microsoft mark clear, crisp and easy to understand
                                          microsoft mark seembs to be more responsive compared to the other voices.

                                          4 votes
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