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  1. 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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      • Narrator is too verbose in lists in edge

        Narrator is too verbose in lists. The best way to see this is to go to the Microsoft accessibility user voice main page and look through the list of hot ideas. Insure you are in scan mode. Narrator will say "List start list item x of C". It does this repeatedly as I arrow through the list. This is especially annoying if there is more text associated with the list item. What I would prefer to have spoken is "List start" to indicate I'm entering a list, and just the list item with the word bullet if it's a bulleted…

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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.

        • 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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                • 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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                      • Add keyboard shortcuts for the Snipping Tool

                        The Snipping Tool is horribly inconvenient for anyone who does a lot of screen capture/paste (not PrintScreen) because it has no keyboard shortcuts. Lots of hand-eye coordination and mouse clicks required just to initiate a snip. Please bring back keyboard shortcuts.

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                          Hello Molly,

                          This is a very goos suggestion. We’ll forward this on to our product managers and see if we can get this implimented for you. We’ll also keep you up to date with any developments.

                          If there is anything else we can do for you, please feel free to reach out to us.

                          Sincerely,

                          The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                        • Visual Studio 2015 modeling projects should be accessible for screen reader users

                          IT professionals live in a highly visual workplace. Therefore, modeling projects and UML have a high priority in the workplace. It isn't enough for screen reader users to have an alternative method for creating UML diagrams or modeling projects that take 5 times longer than their sighted peers. Instead, we need to work at the same speed and level as our sighted peers. Making visual designers and projects accessible for us would improve our chances at getting a job. The following components in Visual Studio need this type of work: modeling projects, architecture designer, the asp.net webforms designer, the WPF…

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                          • PowerPoint Read Aloud

                            I am unable to find a way just to get the whole PowerPoint read to me. Thanks.

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                              Hi Les,

                              Thank you for reaching out to us about your issue. In order to help you out effectively, can you provide us with the following:

                              What version of PowerpOint are you using? Is it a part of Office 2016, or Office 365 online?

                              What screen reader are you using in order to read the presentations?

                              Also, what are the steps to reproduce your problem in detail?

                              We look forward to assisiting you with your issue; and in the future, if there is anything else we can help you with, please feel free to reach out to us.

                              Sincerely,

                              TheMicrosoft Disability Asnwer Desk team.

                            • Inconsistent behavior of "j" ribbon shortcut keys in Word

                              When you are in the header or footer area of Word 2016, there is an extra ribbon available for header and footer design. The shortcut key for this is listed as "JH", but it works differently depending on the context:

                              - If you press alt+j together and there is no table or image in your header, it jumps straight into the ribbon, in which case "h" then activates the "header" drop down on the ribbon.
                              - If you press alt+j together and DO have a table or image in your header, you then need to press "h" as tables and…

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                              • create themes in word and PowerPoint that meet the accessibility guidelines for font size and color contrast.

                                Create Accessible themes, templates in MS word and PowerPoint. And then call the theme Accessible or Low Vision or something that lets people easily find it.

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                                  Hello Patricia,

                                  Thank you for reaching out to us about your concern. Be advised that other customers have contacted us about issues related to this situation. Our engineering teams are actively looking into this and changes are in the works.

                                  Having said that, we are always interested in how we can improve out products’ accessibility. Therefore if you have specifics on what you think needs improvement, such as the product being used, scenario in which the problem occurrs, or suggestion on improvements to the specific user interface elements, or specific features, please let us know.

                                  Again, thank you for reaching out to us as we are here to assist in any way possible with accessibility needs.

                                  Sincerely,

                                  The Microsoft Disability answer Desk team.

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                                  • Side scroll bars need a resizing action for users with nerve damaged hands.

                                    I have moderately damaged nerves in my right wrist that cause my 3 fingers on my hand to be drawn inward like a hook. On top of that, whenever I use that hand, I have micro spasms that give little jerking motions to my hand while trying to use a mouse which gives me limited control over the mouse pointer. Due to the spasming, smaller items are very difficult to use. Since the side scroll bars have been narrowed in your products, it is extremely difficult to use them with my condition. Adding a sizing function to allow widening the…

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                                      Hello Lester,

                                      Thank you for your input on this. We will forward this to one of our product managers to see if we can facilitate a solution for you regarding scroll bar size. Once we have more information, we’ll get back to you with further information.

                                      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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                                      • Move focus from the message list to the message body after selecting a message within Outlook for Android

                                        Currently when selecting a message from the Focused Inbox within Outlook for Android version 2.1.116, focus remains on the item in the list when using the app with the BrailleNote Touch. While the Touch does have a touchscreen and supports gestures, the primary navigation paradigm with the Touch is linearly using keyboard commands. When a message is activated from the list, focus should move to the message body. Currently users have to scroll/swipe past all of the messages in the list in order to locate the contents of the message they opened.

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                                          Hello,

                                          Thank you for contacting us about the issue you’re having. Can you tell us is if you’ve been able to change the focus to the message body without the BrailleNote Touch?

                                          Thank you for contacting us. We look forward to solving your issues and answering your questions.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                                        • Improve names of options in Word (eg themes, page number options etc)

                                          In Word 2016, many features have non-descriptive options. For insance, when you choose page numbers then top or bottom of screen, the first few options are "Plain number 1", "Plain number 2", "Plain number 3" etc. Without looking at the image (which not all users can do), there is no way to tell that the third one is actually right aligned. Using a screen reader there is also no way to tell which ones are "Page X", and which are "Page X of Y" etc. It's also very hard to get any idea what the different header and footer styles…

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