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  1. 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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      • 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

        • 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 should have built in access for switch interface users

            macOS, iOS, and Android have had this for a long time.

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              Hllo C. A.

              We did some research and came up with the following:

              https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Accessibility/windows – doesn’t have anything directly about switch interface devices, but the AT link lists Tobii Dynavox as a product that has application compatibility with Windows 10.

              Currently we are working to ensure third party assistive technology partners are fully supported on Windows 10.

              If you have a device you prefer to use, let us know and we can work with that partner on any functionality issues you find.

              Thank you for contacting us, and if there’s something else that you need, please feel free to reach out to us.

              Sincerely,

              The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

            • 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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                  • 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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                        • Offer buyers of Windows 10 S that can prove Disability to obtain Windows 10 Pro for free is so desired.

                          As mentioned in the piece https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2017/05/18/empowering-more-accessible-inclusive-world/#sm.00001ra7hqt1hem8w161b0uoc87im this offer is for apps that aren't in the store. This should not be limited to such apps, especially on the Surface Laptop that is estimated retail of $999.

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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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                                • Ability to export Narrator customized settings and keyboard commands

                                  Narrator is supported in more than 20 languages, however there are many others where Narrator is not supported. It means, that some keyboard commands should be changed manualy if we wanted Narrator to work. examples are Narrator key +brackets. In Slovenian keyboard layout we must press ctrl + alt +f/g or alt(gr) +f/g to type square brackets.
                                  If you have only one computer, it will be easy to customise a Narrator but if you had more than five, this procedure would become very frustrated.
                                  so until Narrator has not been supported and localised to Slovenian and other languages, I suggest…

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                                    Hello,

                                    Thank you for contacting us about this suggestion. We will forward this to our product manager as we are making efforts to incorporate functionality with more and more languages.

                                    Again, thank you for contacting us, and in the future, if we can be of further assistance, please feel free to reach out to us.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                                  • 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.

                                      • Add an Outlook profile flag for users who need accessible e-mails

                                        Allow users to self identify via their Outlook/Exchange profile that they need accessible e-mail sent to them.
                                        This would notify senders when the receiver has flagged that they need to receive e-mail in an accessible format and would prompt the sender to run the accessibility checker on their message and attachments before sending the message to the receiver who self identified via their profile.

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                                          Hi Cory,

                                          This is an interesting suggestion in that it does make sense to alert the recipient of the fact that a disabled person is emailing them and needs some compensation to see a replied email. The tricky thing is that not all users use Microsoft products for email correspondence. Thus iin order to make this universal, there may have to be something implemented into the email protocols such as IMAP, SMTP or POP protocols.

                                          However, this will be forwarded to the appropriate project manager to get additional feedback on this suggestion.

                                          Thank you for reaching out to us; and if you have any further issues or suggestions related to accessibility, please let us know.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk Team.

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