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  1. I suggest you to introduce a special theme for people with low vision who do not require inverted colors or high contrast. All they need is

    I suggest you to introduce a new special windows theme for people with low vision who do not require inverted colors or high contrast. All they need is larger font sizes and white text on black background. It was very easy to change all the appearances in Windows XP and older versions. However, in newer versions like windows 7, 10 etc. , the blind user has to depend on others to change the appearances in order to begin using the computer. therefore, it would be highly beneficial if an accessibility button is introduced on the desktop so that a user…

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      1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • XBOX Live Enforcement Action and Code of Conduct punishment should be taken lightly for people of disability

      I get a lot of enforcement action from XBOX Live by other players that report me cause I can't control my actions of sending messages to other players
      Im the type of person who isn't abusive or threatening
      But I attend to over exaggerate on peoples gameplay abilities and I try not to say anything bad.
      But as well I don't want to be permanently suspended in the future as I have a disability and I love playing online
      The people who I chat on the Disability Answer Desk doesn't provide the help that we should be getting as I…

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        2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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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        • 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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            3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            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.

          • 8 votes
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              18 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              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.

            • 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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                2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                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.

              • 8 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Hello Matt,

                  Thank you for contacting us about your suggestion. In a way that makes sense to have a screen curtain for your Android device like the one that is found in Apple products.

                  I’ve submitted your feature request to one of our Product Managers for further review. we’ll post updates here as soon as further details become available.

                  In the meantime, one thing you can do is dim your screen all the way down as that would make it harder for others to read – especially at an angle.

                  Again, thank you for contacting us about this, and we will endeavor to resolve all issues that are raised.

                  Sincerely,

                  The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk.

                • 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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                    3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    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.

                  • Provide day of week information when navigating the calendar in Outlook 2016.

                    When navigating the calendar in Outlook 2016 recent builds, the screen reader will announce the dates, but not the actual day of the week. JAWS used to do this before they switched to providing the information directly from outlook.

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                      2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Hi Jason,

                      Thank you for contacting us at the Disability Answer Desk. In order to serve you better, can you tell us what version of Outlook you’re using such as Mac or Windows 32 or 64-bit, and what version of Jaws or other screen reader that you are using? That will allow us to get this issue to the appropriate product manager to get this resolved for you.

                      Again, thank you for contacting us; and we will do our best to resolve this for you.

                      Sincerely,

                      The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                    • 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…

                      8 votes
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                      • Add a Screen Curtin Like on IOS

                        In windows 10, especially on the Surface devices, the ability to turn off the screen has been disabled. The old method was to press windows+p to get to projector options, then arrow up to second screen only and press enter.
                        There are three reasons why having a way to turn off the screen is important:
                        1. Privacy and safety. As a blind user, we have no idea who could be looking at our screen and if we are writing some highly personal data in a public place, then we have no way to insure someone is not looking over our…

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                        • Make edit hyperlink dialog in word 2016 navigable by keyboard

                          In the edit hyperlink dialog in Word 2016, the following undesirable behaviour is observed:

                          - Pressing tab to move between elements, as you move from the "link to: existing file or web page" to the "Text to display" edit box, the OK button loses it's default button status. This means when you press ENTER, you get an error ding and nothing happens. The OK button should remain default button.

                          - As you press tab and move into "current folder tree view" (the list of files) - the first file is automatically selected and thus the URL you had previously used…

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                            1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thank you for your input. We chatted with the Word Team on these issues:
                            • Issue 1: Fixed. This enhancement will start rolling out to Office 365 First Release and Office Insider Customers before Fall.
                            • Issue 2: We are working on a fix for this issue now, thank you for your feedback. Our goal is to fix this issue as part of our commitment to accessibility.
                            • Issue 3: Unfortunately, we don’t have the ability to fetch the browsing history from most browsers. The team is looking into other potential improvements.

                          • Make Chinese IME Microsoft Pinyin accesssible to other screen readers

                            Only narrator can read candidate item of Chinese input method. Other screen reader cannot get candidate item of Microsoft Pinyin through ITfUIElementSink

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                              1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Can you (Microsoft) please improve the GPS instructions on the Soundscape app?

                              I love the new and magnificent app, but am still struggling a little bit with it. Below are my struggles as a legally blind user:

                              1. It's too hard for me to determine from which direction my destination is by just listening to the beacon. Can you please find a better way to have the app guide me to my destination?

                              2. Can the GPS instructions be made easier to understand for the visually impaired? I can't interpret directions based on street names and numbers. I would prefer that the app tells me how to get to my destination by…

                              7 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Soundscape  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Make Narrator text to speech voice more human like

                                Please make it sound less robotic

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                                  1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add a GUI to manage which apps use Scan Mode

                                  Please add a dialog box that lists all apps where Scan Mode has been set to automatically turn on. The user should be able to delete items from the list.

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                                    1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Narrator doesn't always focus when I press Windows R, Windows X, or Windows I.

                                    This issue has been around for quite some time and is still present in the April 2018 update. When I press Windows+R, I or X, Narrator doesn't always put the focus on the window or menu that appears. I find I have to press the command a second or third time for it to work correctly. This is especially annoying when trying to access the run dialog box. When I press Windows+R, I must press alt+tab to cycle to the dialog box. This behavior doesn't occur with other screen readers. When I press the command, NVDA correctly moves the focus…

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                                      1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • please extend the free upgrade window 10 for accessibility users

                                      please extend the free upgrade window 10 for accessibility users

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                                        1 comment  ·  Access - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Give us more than three lousy formats to "choose" from on new Outlook Mail

                                        Fire the 20 y.o. software engineers who keep designing upgrades that cause extreme eye strain. Now we have outlook mail with only three screen choices, one of which is text on the far right...ever heard of astigmatism? NONE of the choices let us look at an extensive list of emails we're working from... Why can't you leave Outlook alone ?

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                                          2 comments  ·  Outlook - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                            1 comment  ·  Word - Office Accessiblity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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