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  1. 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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    • Changing braille display drivers needs to be more intuitive, if needed at all to start with.

      When I tried adding my Freedomscientific braille display to be used with Narrator, I followed the directions in Narrator's user guide chapter 7:

      https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4004263/windows-10-narrator-using-with-braille

      In this article, after updating the driver through Device Manager, it states in step 7:

      Choose the driver that begins with LibUSB-Win32 from the list on the following page and select Next to install the driver.

      I don't see a "next page" to be able to select this. After doing all steps up to step 7, I'm then returned to my device manager, and placed back under the Freedomscientific USB node which still is expanded with…

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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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                • Make Office Ribbon keystrokes more logical and consistent

                  I appreciate some office keystrokes have been changed to keep backwards compatibility (eg alt+i was the Office 2003 insert menu so it was changed to alt+n for Office 2007), but many of the current keystrokes are just nonsensical. For instance, in Word, to change columns, you press alt+p for layout (even though alt+L isn't used) then press J for columns, even though C isn't used.

                  On the Insert menu, you press F to insert an Online picture and O to insert a footnote - even though they would make much more sense swapped.

                  There is also no logic as to…

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                  • 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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                    • 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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                      • Narrator won't let me review form fields in edge

                        When typing into the edit boxes on this page or any other pages, I can't navigate character by character with Narrator or move by any other element. It also doesn't announce what I'm backspacing over.

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                          Hello Mike,

                          Thank you for contacting us about these issues. We are aware that Narrator and some of the other screen readers are having problems working with Edge. Our product teams are working hard to resolve these problems.

                          We will forward this on to the product team and update you when this issue is fixed.

                          Again, thank you for contacting us; and if there is anything else we can assist you with, feel free to reach out.

                          Sincerely,

                          The Microsoft Disability answer Desk team.

                        • 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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                          • Give users the ability to create their own Narrator voices.

                            I don't know what all goes into voices for Narrator, but it would be pretty neat if users could somehow create their own if that's even possible. This would be a perfect feature for the focus on creating in this latest Windows update.

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                              Hello Stefen,

                              You may be corect. based on what is known about the application and how it works, this may indeed be impossible to impliment. However, I will follow up with the product manager and let you know what that anwer is.

                              Thank you for reaching out to us about this.

                              Sincerely,

                              The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                            • 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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                                • The scan mode ought to switch on or off automatically depending on input field, e.g. switching off scan mode when encountering editable fiel

                                  The scan mode ought to switch on or off automatically depending on input field, e.g. switching off scan mode when encountering editable field. I prefer Narrator handling web pages as is handled by System Access screen reader.

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                                    Hello,

                                    THank you for contacting us about this issue. We will forward this to the product manager in charge of Narrator to see if we can get a fix implimented for you.

                                    One question: Are you experinencing this with only one browser such as IE 11 or Edge?

                                    Again, thank you for reaching out to us about this as it’s our missionto help those with disabilities use our products more effectively.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                                  • 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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                                      • Have narrator announce end of document or end of email instead of just saying down arrow all the time.

                                        Have narrator announce end of document or end of list Instead of just down arrow or right arrow all the time. Have narrator

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                                          Hello,

                                          This indeed is a bug and shoudl announce the end of adocument and or email. We’ll forward this on our product team and update you when a fix is announced.

                                          Thank you for contacting us, and if there is anything further we can assist you with, please feel free to reach out to us.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          The Microsoft Disability answer Desk team.

                                        • Narrator says "Command unavailable when trying to silence the reading of tooltips behind links

                                          When Navigating between pages in edge, Narrator will read tooltips behind links such as the url of the link. I press control to silence this and Narrator will say "Command unavailable.

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                                            Hello Mike,

                                            Thank you for contacting us about these issues. We are aware that Narrator and some of the other screen readers are having problems working with Edge. Our product teams are working hard to resolve these problems.

                                            We will forward this on to the product team and update you when this issue is fixed.

                                            Again, thank you for contacting us; and if there is anything else we can assist you with, feel free to reach out.

                                            Sincerely,

                                            The Microsoft Disability answer Desk team.

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