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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.

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      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      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.

    • Add the ability to adjust Windows Magnifier zoom level with the scroll wheel.

      When reading text on screen I am typically zoomed in 500%-700% magnification in full screen mode filling the screen with 3-5 lines of text at a time, this means any images, buttons, or other GUI elements are so enlarged that it is hard to understand what they are or how to interact with them. If I am reading a news article on a webpage and I see that there is an image, I will need to zoom out to understand what the image is. To do this I have to do the following.

      1 Remove my right hand from the…

      23 votes
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        3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Hello,

        Thank you for the detailed description of the enhancement you are looking for. In reproducing this scenario, it merits the attention of our product engineering team. This may already be in the works as simular suggestions have been made, so it is possible that a solution may be soon implemented and released. Nonetheless, your comments will be forwarded. We’ll also let you know when further information pertaining to this becomes available.

        Thank you for contacting us, and in the future, f there’s something additional we can provide with regards to accessibility, please feel free to reach out to us.

        Sincerely,

        The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk Team.

      • Add a Two Switch access mode for the On Screen Keyboard

        Add a manual step scanning option for switch users, for those able to use two switches. E.g. Key1 = Manual step scan. Key2 = Select.

        This would enable some users to use the slick On Screen Keyboard utility much more quickly and deliberately.

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          5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Hello Barrie,

          This is a pretty good suggestion which makes sense. We’ll forward this on to our product managers for further consideration and keep you up to date on any further developments around this.

          Again, Thank you for reaching out to us; and if there’s anything else we can help with in the future, let us know as we’re willing to help.

          Sincerely,

          The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

        • Alt+Tab with Narrator is not smooth.

          When alt+tab is pressed, I expect to hear the program name I switched to.

          Instead, I hear one of "Running Programs", "Running Applications" or
          "Task Switching", depending on how many times I press tab.
          After I hear one of these, I then hear the name of the program. I suggest trying to make this a bit more seemless.

          21 votes
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            2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Fix File Explorer not remembering it's position when closed and then reopened.

            Problem Description:

            File Explorer does not remember it's position, when it is closed and re-opened. Instead, it cascades to the right (as if it is a second instance of FE, when it is not.)

            This behaviour should only happen if multiple instances of file explorer are open, assuming it is related to the 'cascading windows' setting. This needs fixing as soon as possible. It is a rediculous "feature" the helps nobody and infuriates many.

            This only affects Win10 (Win8 and before always closed and reopened file explorer in the correct position). This problem can be reproduced every time Win10 is…

            21 votes
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              10 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Make Accessibility Checking As Ubiquitous As Spell Checking

              Kudos for Moving your Accessibility Checker into the Review Ribbon it's a step forward.

              How about having accessibility on by default like you have spelling and grammar checking.

              Failing that can you make it available as an option to add to the Quck Access toolbar so that it is persistent. Out of sight is out of mind so I would suggest this small change to keep accessibility at the top of people's minds.

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                4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Hello Neil,

                Thank you very much for your suggestion. as you may know, we are working diligently to offer more accessibility functionality to our products.

                What version of Word are you using? Is it Office 365, or 2016, or another version? Please let us know so we can forward your suggestions to the appropriate product team, so we may expedite your issue.

                Thank you,

                The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

              • bring back text/icon resizing

                this screen, formerly located at: "Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Display" in the legacy Control Panel has been removed, and is also not represented in the Settings app menus (in the new Build 15019.rs_prerelease.170121-1513)

                Image: https://www.windowscentral.com/sites/wpcentral.com/files/styles/larger_wm_brw/public/field/image/2015/08/windows-10-display-settings-scn-3.png?itok=P_IMrNWw

                I NEED these options back. I am registered blind and always use Windows like this (larger text, turned bold for all elements - titlebars, message boxes, icons etc):

                Image: http://imagizer.imageshack.us/a/img924/9568/SSXyGo.jpg

                If this isn't fixed, I will be stuck on the old version of Win10 by disabling updates, which will eventually not be supported, meaning I will then be forced back onto Win8. Please stop changing,…

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                  4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Hello Karl,

                  Thank you for alerting us with this issue. You’re correct inthat without the resizing or font change option, it can make it difficult to see the desktop icons. Therefor, I’ll forward this on to our product managers to get this issue raised and possibly resolved.

                  Again, thank you for reaching out to us about this.

                  Sincerely,

                  The Microsoft Disability answer Desk team.

                • enable narrator to work with echoing text that has been dictated

                  Make narrator echo back dictated text using Windows speech Recognition so that blind people who have limited use of their hands can take advantage of both features.

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                  • Change Outlook color schemes

                    The color scheme in Outlook 2016 does not provide enough contrast for some features, such as highlighting out of office or busy days. This is especially true for the "dark grey" office theme - where the ooo days show up as a whiter shade against a light grey background - impossible to see in the month view. Getting away from the pastel colors would help.

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                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Hello,

                      Thank you for reaching out to us at the Disability Answer Desk. This is something that we are currently working on and investigating solutions to improve contrast themes in our software. Our Project Managers are aware of this and we will get back to you as soon as there are more details available.

                      Again, thank you for reaching out to us. And if in the future, you have further issues, questions, or comments, please let us know.

                      Sincerely,

                      The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk Team.

                    • Please allow scrreen readers to fully read Windows Runtime applications like the Cortana search box

                      Apparently Microsoft just made a security decision to block any application, even a trusted screen reader, from injecting its code into any WinRT application.
                      This includes Windows core components like the start menu, settings app and Microsoft Edge. This also means windows store apps as well.

                      This greatly reduces accessibility in all these essential apps and in particular edit boxes. We are pretty much writing silently and there is no sound for when we misspelled something or when a suggestion comes up.
                      Microsoft is moving more and more to having all their apps and components be packaged like this, so…

                      16 votes
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                      • Eye Control: Open up the operating system to all alternative access users.

                        It's exciting that the operating system may be opened up for eye-gaze users, as a built in feature, but....

                        What about head-tracker users?
                        What about non-Tobii eye-tracker users?
                        What about other pointer controlling AT devices?
                        What about switch users?

                        Would be magical to open things up for a much vaster array of users, rather than curtail to one narrow area. Please do it. :)

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                        • Different notification sounds for different apps

                          In the Windows Mobile version, you can assign completely different sounds to different apps. I would like that be made for the PC version. I can tell what notification would be by the sound. For my phone, I have different sounds for different types of things. For example, "You have an appointment." for the calendar. For mail, "New mail" and for Maintenance and Security, an alarm sound.

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                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Hello,

                            This sis a very interesting idea you’ve proposed. In Windows some apps let you customize alerts for some of their functions, but not all becuase it’s dependant on registry entries.

                            I’ll go ahead and forward this to the product manager for further review and get back to you with any further updates.

                            Thanks again for reaching out to us; and in the future, if there’s anything else we can do for you, please let us know.

                            Sincerely,

                            The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                          • Shading for outlook all day events needs to be darker so I can clearly see I am busy

                            Make all day event in a darker shade or different colour so I don't double book myself

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                            • Make sure developers of different MS products are on the same accessibility page.

                              Accessibility Checker and Captioning plug-in for PowerPoint? Good job. Thumbs up.

                              Inability to convert a captioned PowerPoint to an accessible Office Mix? Inexcusable.

                              MAKE IT EASY FOR END USERS TO CREATE ACCESSIBLE CONTENT.

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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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                                • Make the Narrator keyboard commands mimic two of the most popular screen readers JAWS or NVDA. This would make it easier to switch between t

                                  Make the Narrator keyboard commands mimic two of the most popular screen readers JAWS or NVDA. This would make it easier to switch between the different screen readers. Narrator is starting to show some potential but as it becomes more useful it may be too difficult to use if the commands are to difficult to remember.

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                                  • Learning Tools

                                    Learning tools is an accessibility feature that should be available in all versions off office at least as an optional add-on. I recommend making it a part of the program too so students, faculty, and staff do not have to go through filling out ADA paperwork just to get it. Learning tools is not included in the Office 365 ProPlus or the free copies that employees or students receive. People with disabilities are penalized by having to pay for a subscription that would otherwise be at no charge.

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                                    • Put the font size & font color control back into Outlook!

                                      Not everyone has 20-20 vision. Some people need to make the letters bigger in email. Light grey color on white back ground is a nightmare! Also, if you want to make a big improvement.... give us the option to change this awful WHITE back ground into a softer color, so it isn't so ******* the eyes. This is just awful.

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                                        2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Hello,

                                        Thank you for reaching out to us at the Disability Answer Desk. This is something that we are currently working on and investigating solutions to improve contrast themes in our software. Our Project Managers are aware of this and we will get back to you as soon as there are more details available.

                                        Again, thank you for reaching out to us. And if in the future, you have further issues, questions, or comments, please let us know.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk Team.

                                      • make narrator automatically switch voice based on the language of the text

                                        it would be very useful if the new mobile core voices can be language aware, so that an English voice would speak English text, the Arabic one would only read Arabic text, etc.

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                                        • Narrator should automatically switch to screen mode and editable mode as appropriate. editable/input is encountered, Narrator switches

                                          Narrator should automatically switch to screen mode and editable mode as appropriate. editable/input is encountered, Narrator switches

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                                            Hello Hari Dhoundiyal ,

                                            Thank you for contacting the Disability Answer Desk about your concern with Narrator. Can you give us some more detail as to when it does not alternate in between screen and editing mode? This would help us improve the software to make it user friendly.

                                            Thank you for contacting us.

                                            Sincerely,

                                            The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk.

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