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  1. 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.

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      1 comment  ·  Windows Magnifier  ·  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

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        2 comments  ·  Windows Magnifier  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add enhanced pointers for Magnifier

        Unlike the Magnifier in Apple OS, Windows Magnifier does not provide an extra large, enhanced pointer suitable for low vision users. Instead, Windows offers an extra large pointer pack which is ineffective for many low vision users because it is too small and lacks proper emphasis.

        Additionally, the said pointer pack does not address the needs of low vision users who suffer from field-of-vision loss. Such users require additional enhancements which make it easier to continously track the cursor. Instead, Windows provides two outdated features which are ineffective for many low vision users: Press Control to locate the cursor vis…

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          1 comment  ·  Windows Magnifier  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • What if Windows 10 becomes inoperable and one needs to reinstall previous version just to get access to the pc and net?

          I previously upgraded to Windows 10 during the free period, then caught a virus which rendered the system inoperable.
          Now there is no way to get Windows 10 back after reinstalling Win 7.
          Microsoft should make some allowance for this!
          I've written down some release number which goes like this:
          160915-06xx
          Don't know if this is proof of having upgraded previously to Win 10 during the free period.

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            1 comment  ·  Windows Magnifier  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Magnifier Improvements - Close But NO Cigar.

            Adding the ability to zoom the magnifier by holding modifier keys was nice, but I find the implementation somewhat clumsy.

            First, users need the ability to change the keyboard modifiers. Control-Alt is not always the best option for many users.

            Second, when zoomed in, moving around on the screen is problematic. The movement is choppy and too fast. I find I often move much further than I intended. The movement needs to be slower and much smoother. A good example of how this should work can be seen by using Glass Brick - another window zooming utility.

            In a somewhat…

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              2 comments  ·  Windows Magnifier  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • This last upgrade took away my ability to enlarge the letters. I don't need the whole screen magnified, I just need the letters bigger!

              This last upgrade took away my ability to enlarge the letters. I don't need the whole screen magnified, I just need the letters bigger!

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                1 comment  ·  Windows Magnifier  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add dates to posts on this site/page.

                Posts on this site/page need dates associated with them. Without them, users have no way of knowing how long issues have been around or if MS is merely paying lip service to user concerns. Adding dates would allow users to know if MS is actively working on user concerns or dragging its feet on a particular issue.

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                  1 comment  ·  Windows Magnifier  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Magnifier needs variable mouse wheel scrolling zoom

                  The Magnifier app is nearly useless without the ability to zoom in and out using the mouse scroll wheel, in conjunction with a keyboard modifier - e.g.: shift-scroll, alt-scroll, control-scroll, etc.. Add this functionality and make the modifier key user-definable. Also, users should be able to easily toggle Magnifier on and off with a keyboard shortcut or mouse click combination. Having the ability to easily switch between full-screen and lens mode would also be helpful.

                  Magnifier has been around for years, but I use it only in emergencies because it's so bad. Sadly, the only options are expensive or buggy…

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                    1 comment  ·  Windows Magnifier  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Don't change the magnifier window to the magnifying glass icon when the window loses focus.

                    I suggest leaving the magnifier window as is and not changing it to the magnifying glass icon when the window looses focus.

                    The icon is too hard to find.

                    Also: it takes extra clicks to change the zoom, because you have to un-iconify the window first.

                    If people want the window out of the way they can always minimise it themselves.

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                      1 comment  ·  Windows Magnifier  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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