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  1. Text to Speech Hot Key - Read Highlighted Text Only

    Hi there,

    I'd like to follow up about my inquiry to include a feature on Narrator to read highlighted text only by pressing a hot key. This feature does not currently exist, but instead, Narrator reads off all sorts of content which is distracting. I simply need to be able to highlight text, press a hot key, and have that text read without the distracting announcements that Narrator produces each time you switch windows, select content, etc. I work on secure computers that don't allow plug-ins or the adding of additional software to enable this capability, and would greatly appreciate…

    7 votes
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  2. Add the option to use pictures for answer choices in Forms

    When considering a Universal Design to Learning approach, the ability to use visuals (pictures) for an answer choice in a form would assist our visual learners and allow for alternate access and assessment. For some students, reading is incredibly difficult without an accompanying visual.

    15 votes
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  3. Why no subtitles for Mac version of Powerpoint 16.38?

    Why no subtitles for Mac version of Powerpoint 16.38?

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  4. June 6 My bank debited my account for Microsoft accessibility. As of today I do not have use of the system. I have chatted 5 or 6 times. Now

    Solve problems when clients pay. I have chatted , called, emailed, sent documents and I still don’t have access. Should I call bank about charge you received June 6?

    3 votes
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  5. Just Appreciation the Diction on the Microsoft Word Software

    Although, I am posting here in the accessibility venue. I just want to say thank you from a general business, and writer, writings perspective. THANKS for having something here, I wasn't aware of due to business to view my task bar.

    3 votes
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  6. Include sound icons when there are vital system messages

    Is it possible to include a 'sound icon' when there is an important system message? I am visually impaired and the other day a M/S security download failed. I did not see the icon except a family member who was with me did 😀. I am a participant in the Microsoft Community platform and one of your colleagues suggested I provide this feedback.

    I am concerned that I could miss a vital message requiring action be me. Is it possible that this suggestion could be considered for a future release? Many thanks.

    I use Narrator a lot - great help…

    8 votes
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  7. footer color contrast

    At the moment I'm not sure it's possible to insert a footer in Word that is of sufficient colour contrast. Even when the footer colour is set to pure black there seems to be a filter over it that makes it grey with a contrast ratio of 3.9:1. Obviously, this is not sufficient to meet WCAG requirements.

    2 votes
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  8. Hotmail Account Recovery Process is Unreasonable

    My hotmail account, all the sudden, was blocked by Microsoft on May 22.

    I was told that there were unusual activities being detected in my account and I was asked to complete an account recovery process which includes a verification procedures. During the verification procedures, I was able to answer my first security question and provided email addresses and subject line of emails that I sent before my account was blocked. However, the system came back and said they still could not verify my identity. Hence, I was not able to access my hotmail account.

    It is so frustrating that…

    3 votes
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  9. Microsoft Teams Display

    I work in a health care clinic and we are offering a lot of appointments virtually now. We recent patient who hearing impaired and required a sign language interpreter and Microsoft Teams ended up being a huge barrier for the appointment, simply because we weren't able to see all call participants at the same time (the way you would in Zoom, for example). The patient could not consistently see the interpreter. I am wondering if there is a solution being developed for this?

    2 votes
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  10. Can I pin more than one person ( two ASL interpreters) during the meeting?

    Can I pin more than one person (two ASL interpreters) during the meeting? Is Microsoft Team allow us to pin one person like zoom?

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  11. calendar just needs to be more intuitive in general allow recurring reminders and make the adding and dismissing process make more since and

    office on my ic with jaws 2020 is slow and when i go to work with the calendar or other things its intuitiveness is unclear to you it may be considered accessible but to me its not I have no clear way to add a recurring reminder. I can add events and appointments but deleting mistakes is a difficult thing. I wish once i saw the calendar it gave jaws related or nvda related tips. I wish the keyboard related help right out. finding the related help i need seems difficult. I am going to work on the calendar and…

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  12. Improve Teams meeting access when using Jaws screenreader

    We use Outlook hosted on premises rather than a calendar within Teams and it doesn't seem possible to go from the meeting invite to joining a Teams meeting when navigating using the Jaws screen reader. Can the this be improved for the setup we have?

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  13. MS is apparently clueless regarding disability help. No matter how I try to address my issue, I eventually wind up back here.

    I had to choose a non-related subject after more than an hour searching for help so I request you read the entirety of my note before chastising me-again-- for not being able to find the correct place to ask for help. I am 62 years old, disabled, and know very little about computer tech. Nor should I. I won't give you any more of my time than I have to. Your windows 10 update bricked my laptop and being disabled means there's no funds to repair or replace it. In the past I have spent dozens of hours trying to…

    2 votes
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  14. Accessibility webinars need a way to add to calendar

    For webinars on aka.ms/JoinAccessibilityWebinar, it would be helpful to have a way to add events to a calendar, downloading an ICS file.

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  15. Microsoft assisted tool for Schizophrenia mainly

    Microsoft accesbility with Shizophrenia, unspecified anxiety, and tardive dyskinesia. I also have some cholestoral and working on fixing that. Any software and programs and that can help people with mental illnesses live a better life.

    2 votes
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  16. Accessibility concern - myapps

    We are being forced to upgrade to a new version of "myapps". There are several A/AA WCAG errors that do not exist in the current version. Please advise when we may expect that the A & AA issues will be resolved as this is a legal requirement for our institution.

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  17. Issues when using Teams Meeting

    The issues:
    1. JAWS doesn't read the live captioning text that appears. This would be useful for a deafblind person, who uses JAWS with the refreshable Braille display.
    2. There is no way to copy and save the captioning for read out later. I also tried with NVDA screen reader, and it also doesn’t read out the live caption text.


    1. The live captioning feature does not identify who is currently speaking. Similarly, when people are speaking, JAWS doesn't identify the speaker. You also cannot tab into the speaker’s window (For the visual user, when people speak, Teams highlights a window…
    4 votes
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  18. Windows - highlighting text on screen

    Windows - highlighting text on screen. Does Windows currently offer an accessibility tool to enable highlighting text on screen while reading? This is particularly helpful for some people with ADHD, Dyslexia or other learning challenges. --- If so, are there varying highlighter-colours available?

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  19. New Business Opportunities

    Good to hear from you and hope you're fine . Stay safe.

    We are from India BM Soft Solutions , Puducherry, working in Accessibility, XML conversion ,EPub conversion, Type setting, Copy editing ,proof reading ,Web site development and App development (Hybrid App and Native App) all above mentioned mainly depends on Microsoft products .

    Coming to Microsoft Azure is there any way the above said work listed can be simplified, quickened using Microsoft azure or Microsoft software’s tools, resources as we tried and failed to get common look software unavailable in our region and waiting for this release https://commonlook.com/google-chrome-new-accessibility-feature-launched-commonlook-expertise/ to…

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  20. Microsoft cares nothing about customers. You know you have a problem with Skype for Business automatically launching at Start Up. ****!

    Microsoft knows they have a problem with Skype for Business launching automatically at start up, and they do nothing about it and offer NO support to disable or delete from Office 365. Very frustrated! I've tried everything, Skype still launches.

    John

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