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  1. Add an enable / disable button to the Magnifier controls window

    Currently you have to hit the - button to turn the magnification off. It would be more convenient to just hit one button to enable and disable Magnifier. Then it would return to the previous magnification zoom level used last when enabled.

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    • enable narrator to read dynamic alerts added due to important changes in content.

      Go to https://www.cricketwireless.com/activate.html.

      When navigating through the form, an error message appears if the user fails to type validated data. When this happens the screen reader should notify the user of the error thrown.

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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.

        • Add a command or toggle to disable Narrator speech and sounds.

          There needs to be a way to disable Narrator speech and/or sounds. This is especially true now that we have braille support. Currently, I have to mute the entire system to have a silent braille experience.

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            Hi Chris,

            We do have a hot key to turn on and off Narrator. If you use the Windows Key and Enter, that should turn on and off Narrator.

            One clarifying question that I have though is are you using Narrator with the braille device, or are you using the device separately?

            Thank you,

            The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

          • 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…

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            • Improve Windows Ink Workspace

              First off add multiple monitor support. Currently, when you hit the Ink Workspace button, the app will only open on your 'main' monitor. There seems to be no way to sketch on anything on the second monitor connected. You can do this with the Snipping Tool provided by Windows so why use Ink Workspace???

              2nd, please add the ability to adjust the ruler without touch support? Maybe I'm missing something but I cant seem to figure out how to move the ruler from its initial position. I am guessing you need to use multi-touch gestures to maneuver the ruler which…

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                Hello Mike,

                Thank you for reaching out to us on this issue. Currently, I’m reaching out to some of the product owners of Windows Ink to do additional background research to see if we can give you a solution to your issue. In the meantime, if you have further information to offer to help us further assist you, you are more than welcome to post additional comments on the forum.

                As always we are here to assist those who have disabilities in using our products as each and every person is a valued customer.

                Again, thank you for your posting and we we’ll get back to you with updates as soon as they made available to us.

                Sincerely, the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk.

              • Make Office help accessible to screen readers

                In previous versions of Office, screen readers could access the Office help system. Unfortunately, Office 2016 broke this ability. We need access to the help system returned to an accessible state.

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                • Inconsistent accessibility features in Edge and other MS apps

                  I was directed to come here by customer support. I had to install Windows 7 on a different hard drive just to post this! I have been a member of the "insider" program since February 14th 2015.
                  I have a spinal cord injury which renders my hands and arms useless. I have been disabled for 25 years. I worked with Mark Novak, at the University of Wisconsin Weisman Center, on the original Access Pack for MS-DOS and Access Pack for Windows 3.1 which is the forefather of "Ease of Access". I must use a mouthstick or voice recognition to navigate…

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                  • also greatly improve a magnifier as you have been doing with Narrator. It means that it will be comparable to other magnifiers on the market

                    Magnifiers like Magic, ZoomText and Supernova have a lot of great features which Windows Magnifier in Win10 should contain. It is important because many people have problems with their sight but not enough to buy a very expensive product. On the other hand many partially sited people don't have enough money to buy these products.

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                    • Support captions / subtitles in MP4 & MKV files.

                      Windows 10 Movies & TV supports SRT files. This is nice, but it's not really enough.
                      I know there's no end of anime folks asking for subtitle support in MKV files, so you can ask them what formats are prevalent there.
                      In the MP4 container, there's space for multiple "sbtl:tx3g" streams (aka "mov_text") to carry subtitles / captions, either to provide access for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, or to support multiple languages. You already support multiple audio streams, you already support subtitles in external SRT files, subtitles in alternate streams should be a small addition to…

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                      • Azure portal accessibility issues

                        The following problems in relation to Azure Portal accessibility have been encountered when using this UI with Jaws for windows 18 and NVDA 2016. Both Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome were also tested.

                        1. the link to add subnets is not properly labeled.
                        2. It is no longer possible to select the location.
                        3. When pressinbg E, instead of looking for the last edit field Jaws telling me I'm not in a table.
                        4. Drop downs are not accessible. The lookup window isn't accessible.
                        5. Adding a site to site connection on the virtual network gateway. Unable to select a…

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                          Hello Ralph,

                          Thank yo for reaching out to us with your valuable feedback. We definately appreciate your detailed feedback. This will be pased on to one of our Product Managares Once we recieve information on remediation efforts or when the fix will be published, we will post it here on this forum as a comment in response to the posting.

                          Thank you again for contacting us; and in the future, if we can be of help with any issue, question, or suggestion in regards to accessibility, please let us know.

                          Sincerely,

                          The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                        • Give Narrator more expression.

                          I love the samples of Narrator I've heard but the speech pitch needs to rise and fall more in the speech's natural progression, the expression now is slightly robotic. Thanks for being interested in our ideas. I am a prospective Windows 10 user.

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                          • Have more in-store workshops related to accessibility

                            I go to my local Microsoft store a lot and wish there were more frequent events related to the accessibility features of Microsoft products that I could attend and learn from.

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                              Hello,

                              Thank you for your suggestion and feedback. Here are a couple of links that can provide some training for using some Microsoft products for users of accessible technology.
                              The first link below points to products older than Windows 10and Office 2016,; however, we are working hard to updates this information to include our latest products.

                              Accessibility Tutorials for Microsoft Products
                              https://www.microsoft.com/enable/training/default.aspx

                              Accessibility in Office 365 – Office 365
                              https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Accessibility-in-Office-365-aca7accf-58a0-4467-be5c-24a7e7933a9d?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US
                              I will make sure the right people receive your feedback with regards to more training in the retail stores.

                            • 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

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                              • Excel background colors for reduced eye strain and fatigue

                                Often Excel users stare at the screen just as much as programmers. Enable background other than white in the spreadsheet area of Excel in order to reduce eye strain. The background could be gray-ish or even something like Visual Studio high contrast mode.

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                                • 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…

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                                  • 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,…

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                                    • Can you PLEASE make it possible to adjust ALL fonts EVERYWHERE in the system? As well as adjust scroll bars. TY

                                      I am a user with visual impairments, while as an academic I rely highly on text. The option that Windows picked now is to allow me to use my old High Contrast settings in terms of colours (through a previously saved theme from Windows 7), but not have the adjusted fonts (scroll bars, taskbar icons etc) all over the system. This does not make sense and is profoundly ableist. This has been a complain for YEARS in the community in terms of inaccessibility, and it is something that should be fairly easily solvable.

                                      It shouldnt be necessary to use the…

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                                      • introduce high contrast theme for outlook.com for message list fonts

                                        the outlook.com themes only change highlight colour
                                        light grey text on white is illegible

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                                          Hello,

                                          Thank you for contacting us via the User Voice forum. This is something that we’ve already been made aware of as a desired feature. Therefore, I’m in communication with the product managers to see when this may be implemented. Once I have clear information on this, I’ll post a follow up comment on this topic.

                                          Again, thank you for contacting the Microsoft Disability Help Desk.

                                        • Voice commands for teachers

                                          integrated voice commands in Windows 10 using Cortana, not just for accessibility but broader use, as a teacher would like to walk into a room and say, "Cortana, On Screen" then a series of events would happen to project device screen to front of the room. Say "Cortana, Blank Screen" to hide screen, in classroom say "Cortana, Show Billy's Screen" and so on. Would be many other uses for Cortana commandlets for the Internet of Things.

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