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  1. Seeing AI on Android

    Seeing AI is a fantastic app! Please make it available on Android platform.

    737 votes
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    183 comments  ·  Seeing AI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. full screen crosshair on windows 10 ?

    full screen crosshair on windows 10 following the mouse cursor ?

    124 votes
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    19 comments  ·  Windows Magnifier  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Fix bug that stops Accessible Word docs creating inaccessible PDFs when exported

    If an accessible Word document is exported to PDF the resulting PDF won't allow reflow on any page that contains an image. Image-free pages will reflow in Adobe Reader allowing visually impaired readers to read at a high magnification, but pages containing images simply spill off the screen, condemning the VI reader to significant left-right scrolling.

    119 votes
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    20 comments  ·  Word - Office Accessiblity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. make the BeeLine Reader plugin available for Microsoft Word.

    I currently use the BeeLine Reader plugin for my browser, which helps making dense text passages easier to read. As a legal professional, I would really like to be able to utilize this feature in Microsoft Word but I was told that the plugin architecture does not support BeeLine. Would you please consider adding it? Thank you!

    102 votes
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    33 comments  ·  Word - Office Accessiblity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Windows 10 Build 1809 - File Explorer Right-Click-Menu Problem

    I've been everywhere. Feedback Hub, Reddit, Microsoft Accessibility/Support-based accounts on Twitter, Disabled Help Desk. Can we please give this problem some real-world attention by someone who can actually help?

    As of Windows 10 Build 1809 - The registry fix of setting "ImmersiveContextMenu" to "0", located at "Computer\HKEYLOCALMACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\FlightedFeatures", no longer has any effect in disabling the new 'immersive context menu'.

    Windows shell has the new style, including desktop, file explorer and open dialog boxes in all applications. Why is this a problem? Why was I previously using a registry tweak to remove the new immersive context menu? Just look…

    66 votes
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    13 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. 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…

    64 votes
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  7. 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.

    54 votes
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    5 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.

  8. Bring Immersive Reader to PowerPoint

    Ability to use immersive reader in PowerPoint is essential for students as so much content is stored in powerpoint formats.

    44 votes
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    9 comments  ·  PowerPoint - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. 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…

    44 votes
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    under review  ·  12 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Fix bug in LinkedIn that strips out alternative text for images when I post a link in my feed

    When I post a link to my blog post on my LinkedIn feed, LinkedIn strips out the alternative text for the featured image.

    And replaces it with image alternative text of "No alt text provided for this image."

    The featured image has appropriate link text. I don't understand why LinkedIn would remove it.

    40 votes
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    13 comments  ·  LinkedIn Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. 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…

    40 votes
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    8 comments  ·  Word - Office Accessiblity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. I thought Jan 31st was latest for free upgrade to Windows 10. Please extend.

    Please extend the free upgrade to Windows 10 for accessibility users.

    38 votes
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    17 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. 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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    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.

  14. Add hotkeys in Skype 8 and newer Add hotkeys in Skype 8 and newer

    Since Microsoft will prevent Skype 7 from accessing the Skype network after the 1st of September 2018, they need to enhance Skype 8's functionality to get at least some of Skype 7's functionality to it. One of those missing and crucial for the visually impaired users functions are the global hotkeys for answering and rejecting a call, and similar ones. |They should be restored to Skype 8 as they are in Skype 7. Otherwise, answering or rejecting a call for visually impaired keyboard users is practically a nightmare at the moment. Since Microsoft will prevent Skype 7 from accessing the…

    34 votes
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    15 comments  ·  Skype  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. Clinician Looking For Game Access

    Good morning!

    I was instructed that this was the best venue to make this request.

    My name is Bethany- I am a program assistant in the technical services department at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). The role of our department is to promote the use of adaptive technology and toys with children and youth with special needs. We were incredibly excited to purchase a couple of your adaptive gaming controllers, and we now actually have one available for loan through our Adaptive Toy & Tech Resource Centre, so that families can trial it before deciding whether it is…

    33 votes
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  16. Playing Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Nonvisually

    Hello,
    There is no topic for "Games", so I hope this goes to the correct people.
    The new Age of Empires: Definitive Edition comes with self-voicing menus and narration which makes the game 85% accessible. There are a set of minor changes that need to be added, such as navigating the unit menu with the keyboard, reading tooltips when arrowing over units, making space select or click by default, and adding a grid view to the map. Other than this, all menus are completely readable, units are all labeled, there is keyboard access on everything but the unit menu and…

    33 votes
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  17. Enable users to resize the content and IM windows in Skype for Business.

    I am frequently challenged to read things which are being presented. I'm always trying to zoom in before I remember that zoom doesn't exist in Skype.
    Maximizing the window or collapsing the message window doesn't help, since so much of the screen real estate is devoted to other elements. And I usually don't want to collapse the IM window altogether, just change the proportions so I can see everything.

    32 votes
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    38 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Molly,

    I’m not sure exactly what you are referring to as it appears you are aking about resizing text in the IM window. This is easy to do.

    1. First in the Skype session, click on the IM icon at the lower left of the screen.
    2. At the lower-right hand side of the window, click the icon that looks like “…”.
    3. From the menue that appears, select, “IM Text Size”.
    4. There you can select the percentage of size of text to display in the IM window.

    With regard to the other isue, are your referring to zooming inon a shared screen or destop? If not, can you give us the exact scenario that is cuasting the difficulty?

    Thank you for contacting us, andif there is anything further we can do for you, please feel free to reach out to us.

    Sincerely,

    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk…

  18. 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…

    31 votes
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  19. Make the out office shading darker

    The out of office all day shading on the calendar is too light to be effective. Please go back to the old shading.

    31 votes
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  20. ADVISE WHEN Seeing AI app will be available on Android phones. Help near blind folks know if they must buy a new Apple iPhone? Or wait?

    Aged near blind must have access to this terrific app. Must they buy an iPhone and scrap their Android device only to find out next day that Seeing AI is now available for Android devices. PLEASE - just let us know WHEN so that we can make intelligent decisions. Surely Microsoft can do better than "We're working on it". Thanks MUCH.

    28 votes
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