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  1. 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…

    35 votes

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  2. The ability to change my working background (in Word, Outlook and Excel)

    Hi,
    I used to be able to change the colour of my background in the Personalisation option from the Desktop. It allowed me to choose any colour I liked for my page and text in Word, Outlook and Excel. It was wonderful and I used to share this feature with users I trained using AT since it was a free adaptation that made a huge difference.

    I have always said, you would never spend all day looking at a bright white light, and yet we do, by looking at a bright white piece of paper in Word.

    This is hugely…

    35 votes

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    22 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello,

    Thanks for contacting us about this. We are currently looking into this and will give you updates on this as soon as made available.

    In the meantime, have you tried the following as a potential solution?

    Try these options for the user:

    There are two ways to set high contrast to reduce eye-strain and improve readability. Please try one of these and let us know your feedback as to whether this resolved your issues or not.
    1. Office themes, a “mild mannered” solution, where you can choose a theme with better contrast
    a. Shortcut Press L Alt+ L Shift + Print Screen; talked about in: https://blogs.office.com/2016/05/19/accessibility-enhancements-in-office-365-for-people-with-vision-impairments/
    2. High contrast in Windows, the “real thing”, which they set in the Ease of Access center
    a. Turn high contrast mode on or off in Windows: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/instantanswers/ece8e1d7-1a7c-473c-a0f4-3c9d66fee295/turn-high-contrast-mode-on-or-off-in-windows

    Sincerely,

    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

  3. 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.

    35 votes

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    40 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…

  4. 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…

    34 votes

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    8 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Markdown systemwide for rich text writing and reading

    [Markdown](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Markdown), is a plain text method of entering and reading text. It's mainly used on the web, but I'd love for it to be all over Windows, so that people, blind or otherwise, can focus on writing and reading, have complete control of formatting, and finally have at least one way for braille users to know what text styles are used, and to easily use them too. It can even be used by sighted people who are now used to using basic Markdown symbols.

    Windows has begun adding features so that users can focus on tasks more. Focus…

    33 votes

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    1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Allow me to edit "Other" on MS Forms

    We are considering changing away from MS Forms to SurveyMonkey because MS Forms does not allow us to edit the text on an "Other" field.

    We are a charity that uses MS Forms to understand our participants' experiences of our activities. We collect diversity data to ensure we're reaching a range of people and communities. Currently, our forms say things like "Male/Female/Other-please state". Using the word "Other" in this context is considered not good practice. But for some reason, MS Forms won't allow us to edit the word "Other". Please can you change it so we can edit the word…

    32 votes

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    1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. 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.

    32 votes

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    11 comments  ·  Seeing AI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. Request for OCR in Narrator on the Xbox

    Many blind gamers are streaming the Xbox screen to the computer through the Xbox app in Windows 10, and run OCR on the picture from the Xbox to read menus in games out loud. It would be fantastic if Narrator on the Xbox could do OCR on the screen in games, so blind gamers can get menus and other kind of text read out loud directly on the Xbox, instead of streaming the screen to a pc to run OCR on the screen.

    29 votes

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  9. Hearing Aid Features on Win10 and Surface Pro

    To include a ‘hearing aid’ feature option on Windows 10 and Surface Pro’s to seamlessly connect to hearing aids when using Microsoft Teams. This feature is already available on iPhones but makes conference & content sharing views difficult to see.

    https://www.apple.com/uk/accessibility/iphone/hearing/

    28 votes

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    13 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. 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.

    26 votes

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    6 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.

  11. 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.

    26 votes

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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.

  12. 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

    25 votes

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  13. 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.

    25 votes

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  14. It would be wonderful if we could get a way to completely disable the monitor on laptops (like windows+p used to do on 7).

    All available options currently turn the screen off, but any key press brings it back. Keeping the screen completely turned off is great for us blind users who don't use it at all, since it offers privacy, saves battery, and means we don't need to change brightness settings whenever somebody else needs to use the machine.

    24 votes

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  15. 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.

    24 votes

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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.

  16. Improve navigability of the LinkedIn home page feed items

    When viewing feed items on the LinkedIn home page with NVDA and Firefox, it is hard to navigate from post to post. The start of each post has neither a landmark, nor a heading. The only headings after the main one are those of shared articles, and possibly comments. But the actual post content, usually above the shared article, is skipped over. And there is no easy way to find it. Other posts that don't have a shared item are skipped alltogether by conventional navigation means. Please improve this so that the front page becomes more navigable.

    23 votes

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  17. Implement Open vs. Save As dialog as it was in Edge Legacy

    Implement Open vs. Save As dialog as it was in Edge Legacy

    23 votes

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  18. 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.

    23 votes

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  19. Photosensitive epilepsy / flashing lights

    I thought about this from a concert I went to on the weekend,

    There could be more options for photosensitive and possibly other forms of epilepsy in Microsoft products, as TV shows and some video content may warn about flashing images but not all will.

    I am curious if there is a way for flashing light warnings to be in accessibility checker or better yet in Windows itself with options for when flashing lights are detected or possibly a way to prevent flashing images from being displayed.

    While I don't know too much about epilepsy, I believe these features could…

    22 votes

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  20. Get accessibility checker to warn about text that has been formatted with manually created styles

    Is it possible to make the accessibility checker warn users when they create new styles to format text, instead of using (or modifying) the built in word styles?
    - as manually created styles, eg. headings, can't be recognised by screen readers.

    22 votes

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