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  1. Add options to customize the Narrator views.

    When using capslock up and down arrows, there are some items in the list that I don't use. It would be helpful if there was a settings screen with a list of all the elements that could be toggled on or off. This would declutter the list and make it easier to use by removing rarely used commands. I'd personally use this to remove such things as landmarks as I never use that navigation setting.

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      01/02/2017 [v-erstea]

      Hello Chris,

      Thank you for reaching out to us at the Disability ANswer Desk on the User Voice Forum. This is an interesting feature request and makes a lot of sense considering that verbosity settings are found on comparable products. I will contact the product manager for Narrator and follow up with him to see if this is something that is planned for a future release. Once I have an answer back, I’ll follow up with an update with regards to your suggestion.

      Thank you again for contacting us about this.

      Sincerely,

      The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

    • 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.

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        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…

      • Please provide tips on using Pivot tables in Excel with screen readers. Pivot tables are one of the most powerful features in Excel.

        Pivot tables provide a superb feature set for analyzing data without having to develop complex formulae involving many ranges of data. I use a screen reader and am just starting to learn about them and am finding them wonderful, fascinating, and extremely useful. Sadly, screen reader vendors provide no information on pivot table use, and I believe that their lack of use by blind individuals stems from the fact that blind people don't learn about them, so they are never used. I think Microsoft has a wonderful opportunity here to expose information about one of the unsung heroes of Excel,…

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          Hello,

          Thank you for reaching out to us about this issue. Another unother user has approached us about this very same situation, and we are having our engineering teams look into this.

          Thank you for contacting us, and if there is anything else that we can be assistance with in the future, don’t hesitate to let us know.

          Sincerely,

          The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

        • I am blind and am the only person who uses the pc. Why can't we have an option to always start narrator when the recovery environment loads

          There are no audible alerts to tell you when the recovery environment has loaded and got to the point where you can start narrator and as the default button that is selected is the one that reboots to windows it is easy when pressing the narrator hotkey to accidentally reboot back to windows as I am the only person who uses the pc why can't we have an option in ease of access to start narrator automatically when the recovery image is run.

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            Hello,

            THiank you for contacting us about this issue. We’ll forward this to the product manager to see if there is a work around for this problem and if not, if there is a remediation in the works for it. We’ll also keep you aprised of the progress regarding this.

            Thank you again for contacting us, and if there is anything else that we can do, please feel free to reach out to us.

            Sincerely,

            The Microsoft Disability ANswer Desk team.

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              Hello,

              Thank you for contacting us with your suggestion. Can you provide some more specifics about what you are looking for, such as what Internet browser or application you’re using, gestures, keystrokes you’re using, etc. as well as what you would like simplified?

              At Microsoft, we’re always interested and working to improve the user experience of our customers, especially those in the disabled community.

              Feel free to respond to this thread, as we are closely monitoring the User Voice forum.

              Thank you,

              The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

            • 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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              • Improve accessibility of the visualstudio.com website

                The www.visualstudio.com website is poorly designed for screen reader users. At best it is confusing, cluttered, and focuses on too many tasks at the same time. In fact, some functionality is unavailable to a screen reader user such as allowing external access to a project.

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                • 3D audio events

                  Hi, I'd like it if Narrator's audio events were 3d, so that we could know where things are on the screen as we move to them. This could also include progress bars, updating from left to right, as it is visually.

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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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                      • Jaws under windows 10, there is a known bug with how Windows is reporting colors to jaws not allowing Jaws users to assign screen highlights

                        With Jaws under windows 10, there is a known bug with how Windows is reporting colors to jaws not allowing Jaws users to assign screen highlights reliably like we were able to do in windows 7. Freedom scientific states that they are working with you guys on this issue, but are still waiting for MS to provide a fix. For those of us who are using screen readers, windows 7 provides more reliable accessibility then windows 10. I am hopeful that MS will work with the developers of screen readers to provide better accessibility in Windows 10 with screen readers…

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                          Hello Gian,

                          Thank you for reachingout to us about this issue. After doing some preliminary investigation, we could not find the issue refrenced as being passed to us by freedom Scientific. Therefore we need more details.

                          Can you provide us with the environment you’re using, JASWS version, Windows Version, Applicaion you’re finding this bug most with, and steps to reproduce the problem? THis would be a help inresolving your issue as soon as possible.

                          Thank you,

                          The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                        • Make Mouse Keys work in Edge

                          Accessibility feature Mouse Keys does not work in Edge (and UWP apps with edge html engine). There is no reaction on click (5 key on numpad) or double click (+ key on numpad) in page area. Browser toolbars are only clickable with mouse keys area of the browser.

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                            Hello,

                            Thank you for reaching out to us about this issue. This was reported to us earlier by another user through another forum. Therefore, we have this situation under investigationand indevelopement for a fix. We will keep you up to date as to the progress and fix date for this issue.

                            In the future, if you have any other issues, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to us.

                            Sincerely,

                            The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                          • 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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                              • 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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                                • Make users more informed about File Explorer's Quick Access Toolbar

                                  The fact that almost any File Explorer Ribbon toolbar button, or group of buttons, be right-clicked and added to Quick Access Toolbar is poorly communicated.

                                  I discovered this by accident a month ago, and the Ribbon has been around since Win8.0. Previously I thought the Q-A-T was limited to only the few button choices which appear under it's drop-down-menu at the end of the toolbar.

                                  Tired of constantly changing to the different 'ribbon tabs' (Home, View) for different features, my Quick Access Toolbar currently looks like this:

                                  http://imageshack.com/a/img923/3060/OsOzTW.png

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                                  • 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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                                    • The Alarms & Clock app

                                      The Alarms & Clock app should be immediately familiar if you’ve ever used a smartphone. It allows you to set alarms, use a world clock, and has a timer and stopwatch functionality integrated. It goes without saying that this universal app would probably be most useful on a smartphone or smaller tablet, but it’s still available and included on the desktop.

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                                      • fix narrator in spanish

                                        When using narrator in Spanish, you cannot write properly because when it is On, the keyboard does not recognize accent marks, having to use Ascii in order to write well.

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                                          Hello,

                                          Thank you for the feedback.

                                          After installing the Anniversary update for Windows 10, do you still have an issue with Narrator and Spanish keyboards?

                                          If so, we will need to troubleshoot more to get to a point that we can understand what to address.

                                          Please contact eh Disability Answer Desk to work this issue further if desired. You can find contact info at http://support.microsoft.com/answerdesk/accessibility

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                                            Hi Pete,

                                            Thank you for bringing this to our attention. the fn key should behave exactly like CTRL, Shift, or ALT. I’ll forward this to the appropriate development team for resolution to this. Once this is fixed, we’ll let you know.

                                            Again, thank you for reaching out to us; and if in the future we can be of further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us.

                                            Sincerely,

                                            The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

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