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  1. Xbox One - Accessibility - Audio balancing for left-right

    The Xbox One already provides a lot of features in terms of accessibility.

    One feature that is missing in my opinion is the option to manually balance the audio for left-right. Many Microsoft devices (e.g. phones, workstations) already offer the opportunity to balance it yourself.

    The reason i'm asking is that my own hearing is slightly impaired (25-30%) on one side (right) rendering headphones practically useless for many games. In my idea this is a relative simple feature to add to the accessibility options, making the Xbox One system more and more accessible to all members in the public, including…

    29 votes
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  2. Highlighting Colours

    Hello, I am a frequent user of Microsoft word and have recently realized that your selection of highlighting colours is quite limited. I am suggesting you should included a wider variety of colours such as an orange or even some pastel variety similar to what are available on Microsoft one note. being a student i am often having to highlight documents and am constantly limited with my selection of highlighting colours as you do not provide a simple colour such as orange. I think this would be an easy addition to your program and would assist many students like myself…

    31 votes
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    8 comments  ·  Word - Office Accessiblity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Windows 10 Global Font type change through Color and Appearance

    In Windows 7, we had the option to adjust screen resolution, DPI (set custom text size) and color metrics to suit accessibility needs. I prefer to have the Tahoma font globally as this is very clear of all.

    In Windows 10 I realise that the resolution changes and Custom Display Setting are mutually dependent and automatically changes. In Window colour metrics the option to change the colours, font type are missing. In Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Display has some customizing options, the ability to update the font type has been removed.

    Can we please bring this feature back asap?

    STEPS in…

    21 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Photosensitive epilepsy / flashing lights

    I thought about this from a concert I went to on the weekend,

    There could be more options for photosensitive and possibly other forms of epilepsy in Microsoft products, as TV shows and some video content may warn about flashing images but not all will.

    I am curious if there is a way for flashing light warnings to be in accessibility checker or better yet in Windows itself with options for when flashing lights are detected or possibly a way to prevent flashing images from being displayed.

    While I don't know too much about epilepsy, I believe these features could…

    15 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Remote desktop access.

    Narrator should be able to support the use of remote desktop. In a similar method to that used by Jaws. Synthesized speech would not be sent over the remote audio device to the local system, instead, the synthesizer commands would be sent back to the local synthesizer using one of the RDP protocols. This functionality is already supported in RDP. The support just needs to be added to Narrator.

    8 votes
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  6. Get accessibility checker to warn about links that don't have descriptive text

    It would be great if the accessibility checker warned about links that have been inserted as the URL address (https://blah.com/etc/etc/etc.com) instead of being replaced by descriptive text.

    14 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Word - Office Accessiblity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Get accessibility checker to warn about text that has been formatted with manually created styles

    Is it possible to make the accessibility checker warn users when they create new styles to format text, instead of using (or modifying) the built in word styles?
    - as manually created styles, eg. headings, can't be recognised by screen readers.

    15 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Word - Office Accessiblity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. Include number of unread message count in Outlook in dialogue accessible from Control + y.

    When in Outlook, it is possible to quickly move between folders using the keyboard shortcut: control + y. HOwever, the number of unread messages in each folder is not exposed to screen readers such as Jaws, NVDA and Narrator. Jaws has a scripted solution to this, but it would be universally accessible if this number was provided through UIA or another method. Please up voat.

    6 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Outlook - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Tech support service

    I would recommend the TECH support individual JPHN B (who answered my most recent support call )!!! He listened to ALL my concerns, past efforts, and needs, then set up an Outlook version for me to access previous information. A fast, efficient and successful job very well done!!!

    4 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Outlook - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Windows 10 Magnifier needs to be improved!

    The magnifier works terribly.
    The motion is jammed and not smooth.
    It doesn't feel like it had been optimized.
    Using the GPU to improve the zoom motion would be ideal.
    Mac OS and Chrome Os implemented this perfectly.
    Also, adding a select to speak feature would be ideal, since some users don't need narrator on full time.
    Allow users to customize the modifier keys they want to use with the mouse wheel.
    Thanks for listening! These improvement will change the whole windows experience to people like me.

    5 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Windows Magnifier  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Optional switch between the ribbon and "old" drop down menus and toolbars

    Each time I use Word and Excel, I long for the demise of the "ribbon" and the return of plain, normal drop down menus and customisable tool bars. These were far more accessible, and still the norm in many none Microsoft applications.

    Please replace the ribbon in all Office applications with traditional drop down menus and icons, or make it option. I use a specialist trackerball, often with difficulty due to hand and arm coordination difficulties, so ask Microsoft to make this change.

    4 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Word - Office Accessiblity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Build Braille support directly into Narrator.

    Braille support should be built directly into Narrator. This would make it significantly easier for people to get up and running with Braille just by connecting a display to the computer via USB. This would also provide the ability to use Braille during the Windows installation process.

    3 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Windows 10 - File Explorer - Line height cropping at larger text size

    I am raising this issue for a colleague. Please get in touch if you would like to get screenshots and discuss further.

    · I am using Windows 10

    • with 31 inch monitor. 
    
    • The current display settings is set to 350% for accessibility reasons.
    • Under ease of access’, ‘make text bigger’ I set text size to ‘225%’.

    Issues:

    1. In File explorer, when I select the (preferred) view option to either ‘list’ or ‘details’, the text, whilst large enough, is bunched and cropped height wise, making it quite difficult to read and distinguish. Unfortunately, the other view options
    6 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. Hearing Aid Features on Win10 and Surface Pro

    To include a ‘hearing aid’ feature option on Windows 10 and Surface Pro’s to seamlessly connect to hearing aids when using Microsoft Teams. This feature is already available on iPhones but makes conference & content sharing views difficult to see.

    https://www.apple.com/uk/accessibility/iphone/hearing/

    4 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. Fix your stupid controllers

    Starts moving so quickly i nearly had a siezure it went so fast that i wanted to die go fix your xboxs or controllers

    2 votes
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  16. Resolving issues over phone only after basic troubleshooting doesn't work is largely inaccessible for people who cannot talk on the phone

    It's very frustrating as a person with a disability that prevents me from using the phone that resolving issues that are more complex than answered on the FAQs forums require scheduling a support call.

    How is a person who cannot talk on the phone supposed to talk on the phone?

    3 votes
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  17. increase the notification/system tray icons to at least 32 pixels option, its important for tray indicators,

    increase the notification/system tray icons to at least 32 pixels option, its important for tray indicators, for example processor and disk real time indicator, upload, download, indicator, antivirus indicator, keyscrambler indicator, cups lock indicator, etc, for years we are still stuck n 16px for tray icons and nobody cares, its too small for some people who wears eye glasses, i think to increase system tray icons to 32 pixels will be something inventive for the new windows os, if it will be possible to make this changes on windows 10 so better,
    this is very important, for some people, even…

    11 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Windows Eye Control  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. Allow Larger Taskbar Icons

    Allow larger taskbar Icons
    My grandmother is visually impaired, and has trouble seeing the small taskbar icons on her computer. I would like a way to make the taskbar icons larger.

    6 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Windows Magnifier  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. windows magnifier and Excel

    hello
    when the magnifier is running i can not edit any Excel cell. MsExcel just stops working.
    it only happens with whole screen option.
    Thanks in advance
    best Regards

    5 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Excel - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  20. I have an idea for a video game that does not require joystick functions.

    Please make an Xbox game that does not require the use of a joystick for kids (people) with high cognitive ability but low physical ability. My son uses two switches connected to the adaptive controller; he could maybe use three. Create a fun game where acceleration/forward movement is automatic, and where buttons are used for steering and/or jumping. Do not require backing up; do not make it go too fast. Create a variety of terrains (not tracks - too hard to navigate) with a variety of obstacles to go over/through. There are hardly any games like this on Xbox or…

    3 votes
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