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  1. Add Narrator support in the Windows Advanced Startup menu.

    When accessing the Advanced Startup menu, Narrator cannot be used. This is the menu you access from settings>update&Security>Recovery that allows you to do things like boot from a disk, access system image backup, etc. When I access this menu, I receive no speech feedback. Pressing Control+Windows+Enter does nothing. If I press it too many times, the computer reboots into Windows again. This is another one of those essential features that needs to be completed ASAP! As someone planning to enter the IT field, this is essential if I want to independently troubleshoot Windows, boot from external drives, etc. Ideally, I'd…

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      2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • add support for changing the pronunciation of the screen reader

      A great deal of screen reader users want to change the pronunciation of certain words to specific applications and synthesizers. You should do this for the windows narrator.

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          1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • support using the touchpad to perform screen reader tasks

          The Apple ecosystem has a touchpad that supports multiple touches. This is called Trackpad. The viewing panel provides support for performing some of the screen reader commands. Slide your finger to the left and right to give the previous item and next item commands. Rotor movement etc. Some modern computers have a multi-touch touchpad. I think touch movements can be programmed. these programming techniques should be used for the narrator.
          you should allow the use of the mouse surface to control the screen reader instead of reading the mouse cursor. so that some navigation movements can be used with one…

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            1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • If UAC is set to 34%, Narrator can't interract with the UAC prompt dialog #7825

            A friend of mine has reported something strange - that her installed copy of NVDA 2017.3 does not read UAC prompts to her, even though as I said it is an installed copy and it is set to run on secure screens and after user sign in. And besides that, NVDA should read UAC prompts even if it is not set to run on secure screens and after user sign in - I can confirm that it does so on my mother's laptop. I used Team Viewer to check what's going on and was surprised to see that the slider…

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              1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Use TTS voice in accordance with installation locale, instead of the english voice

              I've noticed today that if installing Windows 10 Fall Creators Update in bulgarian, Narrator starts with the english voice Zira. Not only that, but it is the only voice available to select in Narrator until the first restart during the installation process. After the machine restarts for the first time during the installation process, the bulgarian voice "Ivan" is available to select and use in Narrator. Yes, but at that stage half of the installation has passed inaccessibly, because only an english voice can be used and the UI is in bulgarian, making it unreadable with Narrator. In my opinion,…

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                2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add Support for Windows 10 OCR in Narrator

                While Narrator appears to be using some kind of online OCR engine with the image descriptions feature, it isn't very accurate and doesn't work when offline. Narrator should be able to use the built-in OCR engine in Windows 10. NVDA is using this engine and it's fantastic! I can do things like read and select inaccessible controls if they contain text or move focus to an image-based PDF and receive the text in less than 5 seconds.

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                  • Letting screenreaders read the Settings information

                    Some details or information on the Settings screen cannot be read by a screenreader. Some way, it has to be expressed that the data has to be accessed. It just can't be read by either Narrator, the screenreader or the JAWS mode. Was trying to find my "Last Backup date" and it only gave me buttons to backup and such, though the information was there on that same page.

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                      2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Localize Narrator to bulgarian

                      Since Windows XP, we in Bulgaria have a bulgarian localization of Windows. Narrator however has always been in english. After the TTS voice "Ivan" was introduced In Windows 10 Insider Preview, I've noticed some partial localization of Narrator to bulgarian (mainly for its messages). In recent insider builds of Windows 10 however, Narrator has reverted to be completely in english. Please localize Narrator to bulgarian, so it is more user-friendly for users of Windows and Narrator in Bulgaria, who are not familiar with the english language.

                      Thank you in advance!

                      P.S.: If the bulgarian localization team needs assistance or consultation…

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                        2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Fix Contracted Braille Input in Narrator

                        When typing contracted Braille, the translator misses characters if you're typing too quickly. This results in garbled text. Please make the contracted Braille input work more smoothly. I am using the latest version of Windows 10 with a Focus 40 Blue model that has Whiz Wheels.

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                          1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Fix the spelling of accessibility in several of these sub-forum

                          Several places in this forum "office accessibility", "word accessibility" you have spelled it with two Is. How can we take Microsoft's commitment to access when the person creating the forum apparently cannot spell!

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                            1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • The scan mode ought to switch on or off automatically depending on input field, e.g. switching off scan mode when encountering editable fiel

                            The scan mode ought to switch on or off automatically depending on input field, e.g. switching off scan mode when encountering editable field. I prefer Narrator handling web pages as is handled by System Access screen reader.

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                              0 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Hello,

                              THank you for contacting us about this issue. We will forward this to the product manager in charge of Narrator to see if we can get a fix implimented for you.

                              One question: Are you experinencing this with only one browser such as IE 11 or Edge?

                              Again, thank you for reaching out to us about this as it’s our missionto help those with disabilities use our products more effectively.

                              Sincerely,

                              The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

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