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  1. In Settings/Apps/Default apps, tab is the only way to keyboard navigate.

    Reference case no. 1475872885.
    I am a power user of JAWS and an intermediate level user of NVDA and Narrator. I am trying to change some of my default programs by file type. I go to Settings/Apps/Default Apps and select "choose default apps by file type."

    It appears that the only way I can navigate the resulting list is with the tab key. The arrows, PGUP and PGDN don't work and the file type I really need to change is .zip because it got associated with a music player by mistake.

    I confirmed this with the disability answer desk who…

    4 votes
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  2. MAKE THE ZOOM MAGNIFICATION AS GOOD AS THE ONE ON MAC OS! USE THE GPI ZOOM, COME ON. THAT IS SO EASY TO DO AND WILL MAKE SUCH AN IMPACT

    MAKE THE ZOOM MAGNIFICATION AS GOOD AS THE ONE ON MAC OS! USE THE GPI ZOOM, COME ON. THAT IS SO EASY TO DO AND WILL MAKE SUCH AN IMPACT

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  3. Add better Narrator support for Microsoft Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance.

    Sighted people take remote control for granted. However, it is very difficult for a blind person to remotely control another computer. Most remote control services are either not blind accessible, do not transmit audio, or transmit it with a lot of delay. Tools like NVDA Remote and JAWS Tandem partially solve this problem, but they are not mainstream solutions and require both computers to have the screen reader installed. This is not always feasible if a blind person is working with a sighted person that either has no idea how to install a screen reader or does not want to…

    13 votes
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  4. Surface pro 6 battery issue

    I am looking for customer feedback. I had very bad experience with surface pro 6 and my surface purchase on early Jan 2018 and now the battery live is one hour after 18 months. The support for surface pro is horrible experience and hard response to email and with escalation, the manager still never response with email. my Service Request#:  1477674189. My email address Derrick_hoe@yahoo.com

    2 votes
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  5. Restore Windows 7 feature to allow them customization

    Windows 7 had a feature that allowed you to customize themes. can you not put that feature into windows 10?

    3 votes
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  6. Allow Users to color code folders - add colored folder icons

    A) Allow Users to color code folders - add colored folder icons. I was able to create different colored folders for file explorer & it help categorize files. However the navigation to change the icons is a bit cumbersome for the average user. Allowing the user to change folder colors would be a nice touch for the next Office release.

    B) allow users to add screen shots to this facility to visually explain their ideas (what a concept!)

    2 votes
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  7. Installing a synthetic voice as the default voice for Text to Speech apps

    My suggestion is that in Settings > Time and Language > Speech there should be a Synthetic Voice section that allows you to select a correctly installed synthetic voice as the default voice for text to speech apps such as Predictable 5.
    I have Motor Neurone Disease and need my computer to do Text to Speech. I have successfully installed my banked voice. I have followed the instructions on the Model Talker website to set this as the default voice for the Text to Speech App - copy of instructions follows:
    'Where can I go to select my voice as…

    2 votes
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  8. Ability to design your keyboard (with modifiers) built into the software

    I use a specialist keyboard that allows me to design my keyboard layout and add layers using modifier keys. This means I can use my keyboard fully one-handed as I mirror the right hand keys onto the left when the modifier is pressed.

    However, this is frustrating that I'm tied to the keyboard that they provide (it's quite large and I have a small hand) and I can't use the onscreen keyboard very well when I'm on the go. I would like to be able to design my keyboard so I can use any bit of kit and use the…

    2 votes
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  9. Improve the screen reader accessibility of the Advanced Sharing Settings screen in Windows.

    The Advanced Sharing Settings screen for configuring network shares in Windows 10 has some unlabeled controls. In order to get to this screen, go to Network and Sharing Center in Control Panel, and then choose the change advanced sharing settings option. When navigating this screen with tab, all I hear are the options to turn network discovery on or off and turn on file and printer sharing. Tabbing past these radio button groups results in no speech, even though I am almost certain there are more controls available.

    I am primarily using the NVDA screen reader, but these results were…

    2 votes
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  10. Slowing down the voice on the phone verification service

    I was with an elderly neighbour over the weekend helping reset her account. Due to disabilities, she is slow to type and one step in resetting her account needed her to input the number read aloud on the phone verification service. It reads it very fast, twice and then hangs up. It would be good to have a question at the end to ask 'would you like that repeated' or to slow it down a bit as I had to agree it was very quick.

    3 votes
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  11. On-screen keyboard visibility

    There should be a way to adjust the visibility features of the on-screen keyboard. For individuals with visual impairments it is very difficult to use. The letters are tiny compared to the key size. There is a lot of real-estate that could be utilized. The colors are also not ideal. The white and light gray on a dark gray background is sleek, but not accessible in the slightest.

    I am happy to see Microsoft adding these accessibility features, but there are still a lot of improvements that can be made!

    4 votes
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  12. 3 votes
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  13. Add Dwell Clicking as an Ease of Access feature

    Some people (like me) can't use Eye Control for various reasons. We type with trackballs or joysticks. So my question is: If you could offer Dwell Clicking for your Eye Control, why on Earth wouldn't you offer it as a global Ease of Access option? It seems like your physical accessibility options, like the Onscreen Keyboard etc., are being really neglected. There is a lot of need for improvement in this area and nothing seems to happen.

    17 votes
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  14. GPU INHANCED MAGNIFICATION


    • GPU enhanced magnification (not only in full screen mode) to make everything more smooth.

    • Make desktop scrollable rather than reducing the space in "docked mode".

    • Add an option to center the mouse in the zoom area (full screen mode).

    • Add a shortcut to quickly enable/disable zoom without having to close magnify.exe.

    • Dual monitor support:

    • desktop expansion

    • clone (zoomed)

    • clone (1x - with no zoom)

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  15. Make magnification smoother and more natural

    Make the magnification smoother and more natural, just like on macOS.
    Add more natural. voices to screen reader narrator.
    I don't really know how to explain that but the magnification, full screen, on macOS feels so natural and smooth, I think you guys could copy that and make it even better.
    Add a select to speak option, which the narrator will read only the selected text after you push a shortcut key.
    When zooming in and out with the mouse wheel, allow us to set up our preferred shortcut, some people don't like having to press two keys at the…

    1 vote
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  16. Inclusive tech glasses for Deaf

    Hi my name is Maryan and im wondering if you have a more streamlined and discreet version of the hololens with live captioning so Deaf people can easily communicate and better understand hearing people wherever they are??

    2 votes
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  17. My 9 yr old son has Leukemia and we are on the verge of homelessness if it werent for charities. We need help with game pass & xboxlivegold

    I'm wondering if there is a charity that can help children in treatment that are hard care gamers. His Xbox is all that makes him happy and he dreams of being a youtube streamer for xbox and Microsoft pc games! LOL! But its just come down to, we just cant afford the xbox live gold and game pass now. He has an Xbox one s that was a gift from a distant friend but I cant keep up with the costs. He is an amazing gamer at just 9. He has almost 6000G coins in such a short time. He…

    2 votes
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  18. I don't want tiles. I want Icons with text. I struggle with visual agnosia. I HATE Win 10 and Tiles.

    I don't want tiles. I want Icons with text. I struggle with visual agnosia. I HATE Win 10 and Tiles. My brain does not recognize pictures. I am not 4. I can read text.

    Give us back our Win 7 or before GUI. XP had a great GUI. I could find anything. Win 7, not so good. Win 10 turns my computer into a brick. I CAN"T FIND ANYTHING Give us a Win 7 overlay

    2 votes
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  19. Constant floating disability toolbar to be available across ALL Office apps

    Good evening
    I am working on a large rollout of Office 365 for around 200,000 employees in the UK, and wanted to draw your attention to the following -
    I would like to know whether Microsoft are planning to introduce an end user accessibility toolbar available to call up and float across ALL the Office 365 apps to enable users to select multi position screen rulers to select the colour background colour within each app. The challenges to the end user with accessibility problems are different within each of the Office 365 apps, and also vary for different end users.…

    2 votes
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  20. Have a place to ask general questions via email.

    Have a place to ask a general question via email instead of phone.

    3 votes
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