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  1. Improve contrast/color schemes for Microsoft Office 2010 and newer

    The ribbon menus need another option that provides more contrast and easier to see icons for Low-Vision users. The current shades of gray, and small size are very frustrating for our low-vision students. We really miss the Office 2003 menu styles and color schemes which provided greater contrast.

    35 votes
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    Hi Cheryl,

    Thank you for contacting us at the disability Answer Desk with this concern. We are currently tacking this concern as it’s been brought up concerning some of our other products. In the meantime, we are following up with our Product Managers to get an ETA of when a solution will be implemented. When we receive more information, we will post it here first.

    Thank you again for reaching out to us for your accessibility related concerns.

    Sincerely,

    The Microsoft Disability Answer desk Team.

  2. 7 votes
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    Hello,

    Thank you for reaching out regarding your concern. We are currently working on making Visual Studio more accessible. Therefore I’ll forward your issue on to our product teams for further consideration. In the meantime, updates will be posted on this forum.

    Thank you for contacting us.

    The Microsoft Disability ANswer Desk team.

  3. Remove the compromise between keyboard and controler on XBox with Narrator

    I recently purchased an Xbox console. Here are my thoughts on the experiences so far and I think an underlying theme of where accessibility breaks and needs to improve. I am really passionate about making this a good console for users, so opening dialog up about this is critical. That's why I was super excited when I purchased my console a few weeks ago, a moment where I was confident that at least I'm getting some out-of-box accessibility solutions and a company dedicated to their mission.

    First, the biggest issue with Narrator, as it stands, is this controller-keyboard compromise I…

    6 votes
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  4. Add the Check Accessibility feature to the free Office Online apps

    Check Accessibility is a great feature. It should be available to users of the free Office Online apps.

    15 votes
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  5. Make speech recognition (and cortana?) be able to work with different language than default windows....

    Apparently, speech recognition wont work if I have a default windows language other than the supported ones. I cannot have for example Swedish as default windows language and speak English US with speech recognition..... I hope you fix this asap.....:-)

    5 votes
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  6. Outlook Fixed Zoom for Reading Pane

    When viewing Outlook in the "Compact View", please fix the zoom slider so that one can set it to a specific zoom instead of having to adjust the slider for each email.

    I have found a macro that I can use to fix the zoom in emails I open, but it is easier to just view many of them in the reading pane.

    4 votes
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  7. Make shapes accessible to keyboard users in Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc

    Currently, in Office programs, when shapes are added to a document:

    Word: alt+n, sh, then choose a shape.
    Excel: alt+n, zi,sh, then choose a shape.

    The shapes themselves are identified, which is great, but as soon as you choose one, you need to use the mouse to insert it.

    Many screen readers provide a way of partly manipulating the mouse (eg press numpad slash to left click with NVDA), it is impossible to accurately position the item and resize it. Please include the ability to use the keyboard to accomplish this.

    13 votes
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  8. Create new Outlook rule action to "Show an envelope icon in the taskbar" for individual mailbox accounts

    Please create new Outlook rule action option to "Show an envelope icon in the taskbar" for individual mailbox accounts.

    7 votes
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  9. Windows 10 Backup drive selection appears white on white in dark mode

    In Windows 10 Backup (WINDOWS+i then update and security then backup). When "Add a drive" is chosen, a menu appears with all attached suitable backup drives. If Windows "app mode" is set to dark (Settings - personalisation - colors - choose an app mode), then the list of backup drives appears white on white.

    5 votes
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  10. Creating new lists for mail merges is not accessible

    I like to use the Mail Merge feature in Microsoft Word. When I attempt to create a new list with the Alt+M,R,N key tip or edit an existing list with the alt+M,
    R,E key tip, I get an accessible dialog box. When I tab through the fields. I don't get an indication of what fields I'm editing. Also, the buttons to add new entries, cancel and ok buttons aren't in the tab order.

    4 votes
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  11. 2 votes
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  12. Use background color to distinguish buttons in high-contrast themes

    The default high-contrast themes do not make use of the option to set a background color for buttons. Instead, they rely on the fact that default button styling includes a border, and set that border to the button text color. Buttons are thereby visually distinguished as text surrounded by a border. Some of the default high-contrast themes also use a different text color for buttons, but not all.

    This creates a problem when these styles are applied to websites in MS Edge. Many modern websites do not use border styles on buttons, instead relying on the background color, rounded corners,…

    7 votes
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  13. 3D audio events

    Hi, I'd like it if Narrator's audio events were 3d, so that we could know where things are on the screen as we move to them. This could also include progress bars, updating from left to right, as it is visually.

    6 votes
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  14. Windows 10 violates

    FTR'' I love the new win10. Windows 10 violates good Old fashion privacy, on one note am on my Own Time, not on yours . I CANT STOP YOU FORM UPDATEING '' I Ask one Thing and one Thing ONLY, give the People A Voice to Vote ! on this Yes/ for you. No/ I will updated on my own time. Ps this was just on my chest had to get it off. Thanks for your time, keep up the good work to "all of you" making Microsoft for what it is to day and for tomorrow...

    3 votes
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  15. Add customizability to narrator output options

    TL:DR
    -Control voice speed by words per minute instead of arbitrary % value

    -Highlight each word as it's voiced. Allow pausing, rewind (e.g. 10 words, 1 sentence.) and skipping ahead. Read mode where successive paragraphs are immediately started after the previous completes itself.

    -More options to enable or disable actions which cause voice output (e.g. don't read paragraphs/only read paragraphs on screen, not windows names etc.)

    Hi,

    I think narrator is really excellent and you've done a great job making it. Thanks!

    I have some suggestions for features, I expect they may be considered already, but I think they would…

    7 votes
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  16. give me a live voice to talk with

    i need to talk to a person not a machine

    5 votes
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  17. Put a chat on line

    a chat online to solve problems inmediately

    9 votes
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  18. Please make an audible or vibration signal to indicate when the pen is paired with the surface pro4 tablet. G

    There should be a vibration or audible signal to indicate when the function key is pressed. This is particularly important for us blind jaws screen reader users. I have muted my surface many times because I didn't realize the function key was not depressed.

    2 votes
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  19. give win10 the ability to have a thicker coloured border around Windows like in win7

    give win10 the ability to have a thicker coloured border around Windows like in win7

    this would be extremly helpful for visually impaired users

    7 votes
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