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  1. 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.

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      2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        I am so thankful you are testing the new keyboard shortcuts in narrator you are introducing in narrator that will make it more like the other screenreaders if implemented. One feature I would really like added to narrator is to place a bookmark in a webpage, like if you were listening to a long webpage or ebook Edge it could place a bookmark there so if open the browser later it would come back to the same spot where you left off. Thanks, David

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        • Make Narrator text to speech voice more human like

          Please make it sound less robotic

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          • Narrator and difficult situations

            Narrator is becoming more powerful with every windows 10 release. With that being said, here are some things that would make it more valuable. 1. The ability to access advanced settings in windows, as well as bios configurations. There are times when I need to immage on to a USB drive, and I am unable to. 2. The ability for narrator to work with browsers outside Edge and the now outdated internet explorer. 3. Abaility for narrator to work with other applications o outside microsoft. 3. The abaility for narrator to work with complex web applications that offer chat functionality.4.…

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            • Add a GUI to manage which apps use Scan Mode

              Please add a dialog box that lists all apps where Scan Mode has been set to automatically turn on. The user should be able to delete items from the list.

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              • Narrator doesn't always focus when I press Windows R, Windows X, or Windows I.

                This issue has been around for quite some time and is still present in the April 2018 update. When I press Windows+R, I or X, Narrator doesn't always put the focus on the window or menu that appears. I find I have to press the command a second or third time for it to work correctly. This is especially annoying when trying to access the run dialog box. When I press Windows+R, I must press alt+tab to cycle to the dialog box. This behavior doesn't occur with other screen readers. When I press the command, NVDA correctly moves the focus…

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                • Add the ability to disable phonetics in Narrator

                  While it's great that Narrator now reads phonetic representations for characters, there is no way to disable it. This means I have to listen to it say things like alpha, charlie, etc when I move by character when all I really want is just the character spoken. Please add a toggle to disable this behavior for those who don't wish to use it.

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                  • bug report windows setup and narrator navvegateing item lists such as time and currency format list

                    windows setup running narrator to install windows 10 v1803
                    problem when trying to change time and currency format from english u.s to english u.k when navvegateing
                    if you up arrow once narrator should tell me that the item has changed eg time and currency format: english united kingdom instead, i get silence when arrowing up and down the list could this be fixed?
                    stepps to reproduce
                    run windows 10 1803 install dvd with narrator running
                    tab once to time and currency format box up and down arrow what should happen?
                    narrator should tell us what the item is that we…

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                      • Play sounds for interface elements in Narrator

                        Productivity is a huge part of everyone's life nowadays, and blind people are no different. We want to be as fast and efficient as possible, doubly so to keep up with sighted counterparts. Speech is a great way to access information, but for repeating information it just gets in the way. Sound is a better solution for showing what interface element a user has landed on, because it only takes a few milliseconds to play, whereas speech can be either the same length, or up to a second based on how fast speech is talking. These sounds could replace the…

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                        • Enable Cortana and Narrator to work together without them both talking on top of one another.

                          Narrator and Cortana talk on top of each other when I use both at the same time.

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                          • Windows Server Core Accessibility

                            Windows 10 accessibility is great but there is no thought about accessibility on the Windows Server Core development. I am completely blind and I need to use Windows Server Core. Maybe allow the enabling of an SSH server in an answer file that can be passed to the installer just like previous versions of Windows installs. Then I could ssh to the server core instance and have full access.

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                            • Add the ability for Narrator to play sounds instead of speaking formatting information.

                              Narrator, at this time, uses spoken prompts to describe formatting. This requires more ability to parse information than print-reading people need to. Print readers don't hear "this is a bold test end bold." They see the bolded word or phrase. The blind should have the same experience, or as close as possible. There are two ways this may be achieved. Sounds for different formatting information may be played, but over time these may become confusing to the blind user as to what exactly is going on with the font if the sounds are too similar. The other option is the…

                              9 votes
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                              • Narrator's behavior and suggestions

                                Hi,

                                During scan mode on web browser, when I press "h" to move heading by heading, Narrator initially speaks "heading level 1 (2, 3, etc.)" and then speaks the title.

                                I would like narrator to speak a title and then "heading level" WHEN I PRESS "h".

                                It's similar to other screen readers like JAWS and NVDA.

                                I also have an issue with news.google.com - When I pressed "h" in Internet Explorer, the Narrator skipped headings for headlines, but JAWS and NVDA can can do that.

                                And for Microsoft Edge, Narrator can jump to headings nicely, but it initially spoke URL…

                                5 votes
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                                • Hi no screen reader reads copy/move percentage in windows 10, not even narrator. JAWS used to read it every 10 seconds in windows xp/7.

                                  I did find kind of an inconsistent workaround however, if you have more information highlighted, you can press the alt key which brings up some sort of a menu, but often, that menu goes away and you have to keep doing it. I know you can press insert t or b in JAWS to read the percentage, but that is really annoying after a while, especially if you are copying many gigs of files/folders. Thanks.

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                                  • Dictionary feature for Narrator

                                    The narrator doesn't support customizing pronunciation feature for specific words. For instance, if narrator pronounces some words incorrectly, Narrator can change the pronunciation in dictionary setting like JAWS and NVDA.

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                                    • Add the ability to reset Narrator settings to factory defaults.

                                      Please add an option to reset all Narrator settings to the default values. This could be helpful in many different situations, especially when troubleshooting problems or if someone wants to undo a bunch of changes and start from scratch.

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                                      • Add Braille reading and editing modes

                                        When using a Braille display, we have two main uses of the display. Reading entails using spacial information and formatting. Editing is more able to show accurate, print layout information with formatting in a print manner. When reading, headings should be close to the center of the Braille display's width. When editing they should be shown symbolically, like (H1). When reading, italics should be shown using Braille formatting depending on the Braille output table and language. When editing, they can be shown with print indicators, like (I) (end I). The same could be done with separators on web pages, and…

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                                        • Using Narrator should be a way to earn points in Microsoft rewards

                                          Microsoft Rewards is a great way to support Microsoft, then have Microsoft support you. Narrator is growing with every new release of Windows 10, and I feel that blind users of other screen readers should try Narrator more often. A good way to facilitate this is by having Narrator usage drive up points in Microsoft Rewards, and perhaps having accessibility-based rewards, like being the next voice in a Microsoft TTS engine, or choosing the next feature to be worked on for Narrator. This would definitely bring more blind people to using Narrator, and expand Microsoft's reach into accessibility and feedback.…

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