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    • Close Narrator automatically when starting another screen reader

      When installing another antivirus product, Windows Defender deactivates itself. Since having two or more screen readers running at the same time impacts negatively on performance and keyboard usability, Narrator should also close and deactivate itself automatically when it detects that the user started another screen reader and configured one to start automatically, before and/or after logon, on the Ease of Access Control Panel applet.
      This would prevent situations like the following:
      1. When upgrading to new Insider Preview builds, if the user left Narrator turned on to watch the installation progress, it starts automatically after logging on, even when the…

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      • Publicize the developer pages on testing apps for accessibility

        I was Binging around and ran across this Microsoft page by accident. I learned about Narrator's development keystroke Caps Lock Plus Shift Plus F12, which causes everything on the screen that is invisible to narrator to also become invisible to the sighted developer. Now, that there is a super awesome feature. Those of us who use apps, and run across one that's not accessible need to be able to email the developer to complain. A good way to do this would be a Microsoft "fix-your-accessibility" app, that would put in some boiler-plate info about your accessibility checking tools for app…

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        • Have someone (like a summer intern) document how to do basic things in Windows 10 with narrator

          You have a great user guide for Narrator. And you have a great list of keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10. What you now need is a few tutorials to combine the two. For example, you do have a tutorial on using Narrator to read and work with mail. Extend that to a tutorial on how to read and respond to notifications, how to use Windows defender, how to work with the action center, how to use settings, how to work with the People app, how to shop in the store, how to use Edge (since alt-F4 or CTRL-F4 or CTRL-W…

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          • Make the "Microsoft Virtual Academy" more friendly to screen reader users

            Currently trying to take the virtual academy course in PowerShell. Tried IE, FireFox, Edge and Chrome; Chrome works the best. Tried NVDA, Narrator and JAWS; JAWS works the best. The control-semicolon keystroke does bring up an accessible view of the slide presentation. But after the first video for the first lesson is done playing (around an hour) there is no play button. I've toggled autoplay on and off, and have gone through the slides and the table of contents. I've pressed ENTER on different items in the contents; nothing plays. I guess the play button is some inaccessible graphic an/or…

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            • Address disabilities that are mental health related

              I have a disability that affects the way I interpret 2D, 3D, sound, temperature, light, words and affects my body.
              Can you revise the words you use in your products. E.g. Do you want to save your document? Yes or no. Change it to instead ask: Do you want to store your document? Yes or no. And other dialogue boxes wording used in your products. You have a monopoly regarding amount of computers that have your software on. Yet do not currently take into account these forms of disability.

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              • Windows 10 should have built in access for switch interface users

                macOS, iOS, and Android have had this for a long time.

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                  Hllo C. A.

                  We did some research and came up with the following:

                  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Accessibility/windows – doesn’t have anything directly about switch interface devices, but the AT link lists Tobii Dynavox as a product that has application compatibility with Windows 10.

                  Currently we are working to ensure third party assistive technology partners are fully supported on Windows 10.

                  If you have a device you prefer to use, let us know and we can work with that partner on any functionality issues you find.

                  Thank you for contacting us, and if there’s something else that you need, please feel free to reach out to us.

                  Sincerely,

                  The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                • Add a volume slider for SAPI in the Speech Control Panel

                  When selecting the default system voice from the Control Panel, it is not possible to set the volume of the voice. The only things I can do are select a different sound output device or change the speech rate. Please add a volume control so that I can adjust SAPI to a comfortable volume level. This would be especially useful when I'm using programs that provide little or no control over SAPI attributes and only use the default system voice.

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                  • Flag Windows store apps that are particularly accessible.

                    I don't want to purchase or even install a ton of apps only to find I won't be able to read their screens with narrator. Can Microsoft give apps that are especially accessible an award or something so I can search for just those?

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                    • Does Windows 10 have a screen curtain shortcut for blind users?

                      Apple has had a screen reader command for many years. It allows blind users to have a blank monitor or screen so that they can work on documents in a public setting and not have others reading what they are typing. It also allows low vision users who are sensitive to light to turn the display off. Would be great if Microsoft had this feature as a shortcut.

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                      • Accessible Microsoft Modern Keyboard

                        Being visually impaired, I struggle to see the text on a normal keyboard. The new Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID looks like a good keyboard, but would your product team consider making an accessible version of it? A "Microsoft Modern Accessible Keyboard with Fingerprint ID" featuring larger keyboard text size would definitely be something I would consider buying. A black finish version with the larger text size (in white) on black keys would also provide a more contrasting colour version as well, making finding keys easier for those with visual impairments.

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                        • Ability to change background colour in Office 2016

                          Office themes can be personalised in the options menu, however the background behind the pages or slides cannot be changed from the defaults of each theme. Being visually impaired I like a contrast between the white pages/slides and the background colour. I liked the silver in 2010, but in Office 2016 only the colourful office theme has the background colour I want, but I don't like the colourful theme at the top. Can you allow for more options to change just the background colour of Office apps so that the best contrast can be chosen.

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                            Hello,

                            Thank yo for contacting us with this suggestion. We weill look into this and give you updates as to where we are in the process of possible implimentation and when it’s avaialable.

                            If you have further questions, issues, or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to us.

                            Sincerely,

                            The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

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                            • i need to change the common notification sound for all the apps?

                              add ability to change notification sound and add custom sounds in my Apps.

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                              • Add the ability to select a sound output device for Narrator

                                I would like the ability to send Narrator audio to a different sound device. For example, I could keep all my system audio coming through my laptop internal speakers but send Narrator speech and sounds to a USB headset or vice versa. In Narrator settings, there would be a screen that lists all the detected sound output devices. Selecting one of them would immediately cause Narrator to switch from the default Windows audio output device to the selected device.

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                                • put an option to select and copy text from the web using narrator

                                  other screen readers give you the option to select and copy text while you're browsing on a webpage. i think narrator should also include this featuree so that it becomes a fully featured screen reader.

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                                  • Make the language setting that is used to spellcheck documents also tell screen readers in which language to pronounce the text.

                                    In HTML, you can add "lang" attributes to pages and to individual chunks of text. This, among other things, tells screen readers in which language they should pronounce the words (as long as the user has the appropriate voice profiles installed).

                                    In Microsoft products such as PowerPoint, however, screen readers (JAWS, NVDA, Window Eyes) read the content in English no matter the language you set words to via the language settings. This makes it very difficult to use Microsoft documents to accompany language classes--where we switch between the target language and the native language often, to include adopted phrases such…

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                                    • Narrator

                                      Have narrator worK with the surface pen currently it does not work despite all the updates and five surface pro releases and one laptop.

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                                      • bad use

                                        I have not opened in my laptop,this account very critical and I hated this account..

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                                        • Make outlook calendar zoom work for text

                                          The zoom feature does not do anything useful in the Outlook Calendar in Outlook 2016 desktop. It does not make the text larger like it does in every other application.

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