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  1. Put a chat on line

    a chat online to solve problems inmediately

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    • Create wizzards to customize Ease of Access features

      Speech recognition has been included in Windows for the last vew versions. The wizard that is used to customize speech recognition is both a tutorial and a trainer for Windows.
      The "Make my computer easier easier to use" wizard collects disability data, but does not provide any way to specify how to make a specific feature "easier to use".
      Fro example, the keyboard can be customized using a wizard which asks the user to type successively more complicated series of keystrokes. Start with something like, "Type the following sentence" My dog has fleas." If the person has difficulty capitalizing the…

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      • Make the command lines work better with screen readers, including the new Bash client for developers

        The current command line works pretty good, but there are two major problems that showed up particularly in windows 10:
        1. You need to use the review cursor to read the command line. This is OK, but not novice friendly and has always been the case.
        2. When one has "speak typed characters on" or "speak typed words on" I will hear new output spelled to me rather than read normally. This is beyond aggravating!
        Next, the new Bash client acts like the command line, but when using things like SSH, Nano or Vim, it acts a little strangely.
        For…

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            1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Hi Neil,

            Thank you for getting in touch with us with your suggestion.

            I understand that you want to see more user controls over Windows 7 themes. Can you provide us some additional detail with regards to what you are looking for, such as what elements you would like to see more control over and what that may look like (i.e. additional colors, user customization of colors for specific elements, etc.)?

            Again, thank you for your comment as it’s very valuable to us to make our products more accessible to the disabled community.

            Sincerely,

            Erik Stearns
            Accessibility Escalation Engineer

          • Honor system-wide font size/color settings in ALL apps

            Often times my font size/color settings in Windows apply to some programs but not all. I want to make a change once and have it improve my experience in all applications.

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              Hello,

              Thank you for your feedback. I will be happy to submit this as a suggestion to the product group. However, I would like to make yo aware that individual apps have a lot of control on how they look on screen and do not necessarily conform to accessibility best practices guidelines. If you have a Microsoft app that is not behaving as you expect, please let us know.

            • produce a guide to enable users to set up speech recognition and troubleshoot ihen it doesn't work.

              In the absence of workflow, typing is arduous due to dexterity issues (word flow works well as an accessibility feature but...) speech recognition is my next best option but I can't figure out why it doesn't work ( 2 devices) and I can't find any guides beyond the basic instructions. I've tried the help desk but just got advised to do a clean boot. A proper user guide would be fantastic - this is also a tool that could be used by many pupils that I support with limited dexterity. Current options combined with education budget cuts leave them typing…

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                3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Hi Kay,

                This is an excellent suggestion. As our products grow in accessibility, there is a growing need for documentation. There are some documents out there when it does come to activating screen readers with various installs on multiple software products.

                There are a couple of forums that may help you in your quest for documentation. The first is: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ and Microsoft.com/support.

                To help assist you in a more proactive manner, you said that you are trying to do installs on two devices. What are these devices, and what is the software that you’re installing. That would help locate some more detailed documentation for you. We can also get in touch with the proper product owners to initiate the development of more detailed documentation regarding installs with screen readers.

                Again, thank you so much for reaching out to us, as it’s our mission to more effectively assist people such as…

              • Add a Screen Curtin Like on IOS

                In windows 10, especially on the Surface devices, the ability to turn off the screen has been disabled. The old method was to press windows+p to get to projector options, then arrow up to second screen only and press enter.
                There are three reasons why having a way to turn off the screen is important:
                1. Privacy and safety. As a blind user, we have no idea who could be looking at our screen and if we are writing some highly personal data in a public place, then we have no way to insure someone is not looking over our…

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                • Make edit hyperlink dialog in word 2016 navigable by keyboard

                  In the edit hyperlink dialog in Word 2016, the following undesirable behaviour is observed:

                  - Pressing tab to move between elements, as you move from the "link to: existing file or web page" to the "Text to display" edit box, the OK button loses it's default button status. This means when you press ENTER, you get an error ding and nothing happens. The OK button should remain default button.

                  - As you press tab and move into "current folder tree view" (the list of files) - the first file is automatically selected and thus the URL you had previously used…

                  8 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Thank you for your input. We chatted with the Word Team on these issues:
                    • Issue 1: Fixed. This enhancement will start rolling out to Office 365 First Release and Office Insider Customers before Fall.
                    • Issue 2: We are working on a fix for this issue now, thank you for your feedback. Our goal is to fix this issue as part of our commitment to accessibility.
                    • Issue 3: Unfortunately, we don’t have the ability to fetch the browsing history from most browsers. The team is looking into other potential improvements.

                  • 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.

                    • real time captioning for Skype for Business

                      Desired outcome: During a Skype for Business call, when I am sharing my screen and a presentation/desktop demo my audience can see the words I am speaking coming up in front of them on their screens (or in the IM window) so they are able to read the English and follow (imagine deaf audience for eg)

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                      • Add alt-text options to Power BI

                        Currently it's impossible to add alt-text to Power BI, which means dashboards cannot be used by visually impaired persons who rely on screen readers. It also means we cannot use the program for projects that must be ADA compliant.

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                        • Provide day of week information when navigating the calendar in Outlook 2016.

                          When navigating the calendar in Outlook 2016 recent builds, the screen reader will announce the dates, but not the actual day of the week. JAWS used to do this before they switched to providing the information directly from outlook.

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                            2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Hi Jason,

                            Thank you for contacting us at the Disability Answer Desk. In order to serve you better, can you tell us what version of Outlook you’re using such as Mac or Windows 32 or 64-bit, and what version of Jaws or other screen reader that you are using? That will allow us to get this issue to the appropriate product manager to get this resolved for you.

                            Again, thank you for contacting us; and we will do our best to resolve this for you.

                            Sincerely,

                            The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                          • Excel border styles not accessible via ribbon

                            In Excel (2016), press:

                            1. alt+h (home ribbon)
                            2. b (borders)
                            3. y (line style)

                            This opens a sub-menu showing the different kind of border styles which is not accessible to screen readers (Narrator and NVDA).

                            In the Border page of the format cells dialog, the list of these styles is also available, and in this location, each style is identified (dashed, thick, thin etc) using screen readers.

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                              3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Hi Quentin,

                              Can you update your O365 Office 2016 to the latest that came out in October? This is build 16.0.7369.xxxx.

                              Narrator does not have a separate version than the Windows version you mentioned.

                              I am unable to reproduce your issue with Narrator when reading the different line styles.

                              I only have 14 items in my list beginning with

                              • none
                              • Thin
                              • hair
                              • Dotted

                              Let me know if the update makes a difference.

                            • UIA should be more stable

                              Nonvisual Desktop Access drops UIA in Windows 10 build 14361 in UWP apps and open/save file dialogs.

                              7 votes
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                              • Add how-to's on your PowerPoint support pages for math and animation accessibility

                                At work we're picking up bits and pieces all over the web about the best way to make PowerPoints accessible-- specifically for math, tables and animations. We're currently getting some info from MathType/Design Science but this could be on the support pages. We're finding that
                                - MathML is good BUT
                                - there's an option to add alt text, some users are requesting it, others are saying it shouldn't be added to the Math OLE (turns out it seems to depend on screen reader)
                                - Animations where a user action adds more bits of math to a single slide-- can't consistently…

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                                  3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Hello Mallory,

                                  This is a very good idea, and thank you so much for breaking down the details of what you’re looking for in reference to this issue. That helps us a great deal in investigating how we can make that feature more accessible.

                                  We’ll do some more research to see how these solutions can be implemented and will get back to you with follow-up details as they become available.

                                  Again, thank you for reaching out to us; and if in the future we can be of further assistance, please let us know.

                                  Sincerely,

                                  The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                                • Allow "focus follows cursor" setting for the full screen magnifier

                                  The other option is that the magnification field moves continuously with the pointer. This is a great option because it allows me to zoom in on user interface controls, text fields, etc with ease, without having to move the pointer to a screen edge.

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                                    4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Hello,

                                    Thanks for contacting us at the Disability Answer Desk.

                                    In answer to your comment, we would like to know what version of Windows you are using. Are you using Windows 10, with the Ease of Access Tools, or are you using another version of Windows with the screen magnifier?

                                    In the meantime, I’ll forward your suggestion on to our product teams, as this would make a great deal of sense for someone who is both visually impaired, but also has motor skill related disabilities.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                                  • 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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                                      1 comment  ·  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.

                                    • Color Options feature for Color Blind people on Outlook 2016

                                      I can't differentiate between an Available Slot and Tentative one when I access Calendar on the Outlook 2016; have to set theme to Black as workaround, but that makes working on Outlook Calendar worse. I have to strain my eyes day in and out for differentiating colors; even though I'm colorblind, can someone help me please !

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                                        2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Hi Andries,

                                        We would be more than happy to help you out with your accessibility issue. So that we may more effectively assist you, can you tell me the version of outlook that you’re using, and on what platform you’re using it on such as Windows 10 or Android for example?

                                        Thank you,

                                        The Microsoft Disability answer Desk team.

                                      • Bring Siri's "What did they say" to Windows 10

                                        One key difference I would like to see would be to have it expand the reach of the feature. Make "What did they say" work in Edge.

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                                        • 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…

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