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  1. 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

                          • Windows 10 Backup drive selection appears white on white in dark mode

                            In Windows 10 Backup (WINDOWS+i then update and security then backup). When "Add a drive" is chosen, a menu appears with all attached suitable backup drives. If Windows "app mode" is set to dark (Settings - personalisation - colors - choose an app mode), then the list of backup drives appears white on white.

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                            • Improve screen reader access to OneNote 2016

                              The improvements made to OneNote 2016 lately have been very impressive and helpful. However, accessing tables on a OneNote page is still flukey at best. Keep up the nice work.

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                              • Add an autoscroll or autopan feature for braille displays.

                                When braille support is introduced into Narrator, I would like to have an automatic scrolling or panning mode. This would make it easier to read long passages of content without having to constantly press the scroll button on the display to scroll to the next line of braille. This feature could be further enhanced by customizable time intervals for the display to scroll. For example, have the display scroll after 3 seconds, 5 seconds, 10 seconds, etc. This would let the user customize how quickly the refreshes occur.

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                                • Make speech recognition (and cortana?) be able to work with different language than default windows....

                                  Apparently, speech recognition wont work if I have a default windows language other than the supported ones. I cannot have for example Swedish as default windows language and speak English US with speech recognition..... I hope you fix this asap.....:-)

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                                  • Touch screen needs a tweak to be a perfect keyboard for Repetitive Strain Injury.

                                    The tablet touch keyboard is almost a perfect solution to repetitive strain injury. Needs a tweak!
                                    Currently I am using one screen to type on, and 2nd monitor to use as the monitor. The touch keyboard keeps jumping to the active window rather than staying put on the screen below my fingers.
                                    I have a MS Surface. I plug a 2nd monitor into it. I fold back the physical keyboard and type on the surface screen like a tablet. I have the external monitor in front of me with a Word document on it that I'm editing.
                                    I should work…

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                                    • Bring back screen reader access to tags in OneNote 2016

                                      Tags in OneNote 2016 are small icons that help someone identify different types of information in their notebooks. Some examples are important, questions, to-do items, definitions, contacts etc. Back in OneNote 2010, these tags were accessible for screen readers. Unfortunately, they are completely invisible to screen readers in OneNote 2016. Please bring them back!

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                                      • Bring back the detailed theme customization Win95 style

                                        I'm missing the ability to fine tune appearance of system the way it was possible in Win95 and earlier versions. Both desktop and Store apps should be influenced by my settings

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                                        • In edge, Narrator should take you to where you were on the previous page when performing the back command by pressing backspace. It should

                                          Currently, Narrator doesn't take you back to where you were on a webpage when going back to the previous page. For example, follow a link in this forum, then go back. Focus should return to the link you were on before going to the new page.

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