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  1. PowerPoint Read Aloud

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

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      3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      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.

    • The button option in the creators update for narrator is missing from the on-screen gestures list.

      Can you please fix the new button option for narrator and the creators build. It is currently missing from the Touch screen gestures list in narrator.

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      • Math OCR

        Auto generate alt text for math text images (cloud API should return output in one of the following formats text or mathML or latex)

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          Hi Neil,

          Thank you for reaching out to us about your suggestion. In order to help you out further, what operating system and application are you wanting to use the math OCR capability with? Is this to be used with any adaptive technologies like Narrator, Jaws, dolphin, etc.? This would help me do some additional research for you and get this suggestion in front of the right engineering team.

          Again, thank you for contacting us; and if we can be of help in the future, please don’t hesitate to post again.

          Sincerely,

          The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

        • Windows 10 advanced startup options completely unusable if you use screen reader. This means you cannot boot in to the new accessible winre

          There could be times when you want to boot in to winre even when windows starts normally. Maybe you have virus or something you can't uninstall. You have a clean backup of your system and to restore it you need to get in to winre. It seems there is no way of doing this if you use a screen reader because you have to go through the advanced startup options screen and it is totally unusable to people who use screen readers. Can we have some method of rebooting to winre that is accessible with a screen reader.

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            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Hello,

            Thanks for contating us about your issue. Can you give us more information with regards to the scren reader you are using, including screen reader version and what specifically you are trying to do when rebooting the ystem.

            Thanks for contacting us and letting us help you with your situation.

            Sicnerely,

            The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

          • 5 votes
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            • bing inspired me back ;on fresh paint app

              bing inspired me back on all fresh paint and window store more like the way it was before ten dont like the new one

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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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                    2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    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.

                  • Make the language setting that is used to spellcheck documents also tell screen readers in which language to pronounce the text.

                    In HTML, you can add "lang" attributes to pages and to individual chunks of text. This, among other things, tells screen readers in which language they should pronounce the words (as long as the user has the appropriate voice profiles installed).

                    In Microsoft products such as PowerPoint, however, screen readers (JAWS, NVDA, Window Eyes) read the content in English no matter the language you set words to via the language settings. This makes it very difficult to use Microsoft documents to accompany language classes--where we switch between the target language and the native language often, to include adopted phrases such…

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                    • 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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                        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • what about more control!

                        Don't make it too difficult for other folks

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                          2 comments  ·  Access - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • set names and colors on edge tabs, for accessibility and productivity.

                          Double click a edge tab and set a name and color, it would make it easier to tell what tab is what you need and help both disabled and enabled to do more.

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                          • Bless U

                            God Bless U...Self explanatory.

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                            • 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 →
                              • Edit support pages for good accessibility behaviour

                                Hello,

                                having searched & read to page 5 I can't see this comment. I hope it's not pedantic?

                                I am heartened to see a more cohesive and fuller set of accessibility support pages by MSoft (Sept. 2017) however,,,

                                Descriptive links are not used on this 2016 page but should be (example: "here" used multiple times):

                                https://blogs.office.com/en-us/2016/10/19/accessibility-in-the-classroom-tools-that-impact-my-students/

                                This is concept explained on a separate page:

                                https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/Get-accessible-templates-for-Office-ca086caa-2bd2-4ac8-8c12-4cd495bd4d76?ui=en-US&rs=en-GB&ad=GB

                                "Hyperlink information: Mostly, users don’t find clear and accurate information about the hyperlinks inserted in a document, spreadsheet or presentation. The accessible templates include appropriate description about the hyperlinks. For example, click here hyperlink is…

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                                  1 comment  ·  Project - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Localize Narrator to bulgarian

                                  Since Windows XP, we in Bulgaria have a bulgarian localization of Windows. Narrator however has always been in english. After the TTS voice "Ivan" was introduced In Windows 10 Insider Preview, I've noticed some partial localization of Narrator to bulgarian (mainly for its messages). In recent insider builds of Windows 10 however, Narrator has reverted to be completely in english. Please localize Narrator to bulgarian, so it is more user-friendly for users of Windows and Narrator in Bulgaria, who are not familiar with the english language.

                                  Thank you in advance!

                                  P.S.: If the bulgarian localization team needs assistance or consultation…

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                                    2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • put an option to select and copy text from the web using narrator

                                    other screen readers give you the option to select and copy text while you're browsing on a webpage. i think narrator should also include this featuree so that it becomes a fully featured screen reader.

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                                    • Improve the way Word files open with Voiceover

                                      When I open an existing Word file, the Voiceover cursor is on the document layout area. To get to the text, I need to interact, then interact again, before Voiceover says “in edit text”.

                                      And if the document has headers, I need to interact, which takes me to the header area, then move down to the text, then interact again.

                                      Would it be possible, when opening a file, to start with the Voiceover cursor on the text area? This is probably where most users want to be when they open a file – ready to start reading or typing.

                                      I…

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                                        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Hello Mark,

                                        Thank you for contacting us at the Disability Answer Desk with your suggestions. we appreciate the time and detail you’ve put into them. We will forward this on to our product managers for further consideration and will get back to you when a fix and or implementation for these features is in place.

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

                                        Sincerely,

                                        The Microsoft Disability answer Desk team.

                                      • Make Narrator key command shortcuts far more logical!

                                        In fear of being a bit harsh, though I don't mean to be at all, I must say... the keyboard shortcut keys for using Narrator in Windows 10 1703 Creaters Edition are an absolute mess! I looked at the commands list with capslock+F1, and was lost almost immediately.

                                        It appears that there are no logical mkneumonics for remembering any of the keystrokes. They seem quite random with no explanation of how Microsoft determined that these would be the appropriate keys to use.

                                        I understand that one may create their own shortcuts, or remap the ones already there, but that's not…

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                                        • Add the ability to select a sound output device for Narrator

                                          I would like the ability to send Narrator audio to a different sound device. For example, I could keep all my system audio coming through my laptop internal speakers but send Narrator speech and sounds to a USB headset or vice versa. In Narrator settings, there would be a screen that lists all the detected sound output devices. Selecting one of them would immediately cause Narrator to switch from the default Windows audio output device to the selected device.

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