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  1. 3 votes
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      1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Play sounds for interface elements in Narrator

      Productivity is a huge part of everyone's life nowadays, and blind people are no different. We want to be as fast and efficient as possible, doubly so to keep up with sighted counterparts. Speech is a great way to access information, but for repeating information it just gets in the way. Sound is a better solution for showing what interface element a user has landed on, because it only takes a few milliseconds to play, whereas speech can be either the same length, or up to a second based on how fast speech is talking. These sounds could replace the…

      8 votes
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        3 comments  ·  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.

        3 votes
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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 →
          • Add the ability to disable phonetics in Narrator

            While it's great that Narrator now reads phonetic representations for characters, there is no way to disable it. This means I have to listen to it say things like alpha, charlie, etc when I move by character when all I really want is just the character spoken. Please add a toggle to disable this behavior for those who don't wish to use it.

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              1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add the ability for Narrator to play sounds instead of speaking formatting information.

              Narrator, at this time, uses spoken prompts to describe formatting. This requires more ability to parse information than print-reading people need to. Print readers don't hear "this is a bold test end bold." They see the bolded word or phrase. The blind should have the same experience, or as close as possible. There are two ways this may be achieved. Sounds for different formatting information may be played, but over time these may become confusing to the blind user as to what exactly is going on with the font if the sounds are too similar. The other option is the…

              8 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Narrator's behavior and suggestions

                Hi,

                During scan mode on web browser, when I press "h" to move heading by heading, Narrator initially speaks "heading level 1 (2, 3, etc.)" and then speaks the title.

                I would like narrator to speak a title and then "heading level" WHEN I PRESS "h".

                It's similar to other screen readers like JAWS and NVDA.

                I also have an issue with news.google.com - When I pressed "h" in Internet Explorer, the Narrator skipped headings for headlines, but JAWS and NVDA can can do that.

                And for Microsoft Edge, Narrator can jump to headings nicely, but it initially spoke URL…

                4 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Make Narrator text to speech voice more human like

                  Please make it sound less robotic

                  2 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Windows Server Core Accessibility

                    Windows 10 accessibility is great but there is no thought about accessibility on the Windows Server Core development. I am completely blind and I need to use Windows Server Core. Maybe allow the enabling of an SSH server in an answer file that can be passed to the installer just like previous versions of Windows installs. Then I could ssh to the server core instance and have full access.

                    5 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Hi no screen reader reads copy/move percentage in windows 10, not even narrator. JAWS used to read it every 10 seconds in windows xp/7.

                      I did find kind of an inconsistent workaround however, if you have more information highlighted, you can press the alt key which brings up some sort of a menu, but often, that menu goes away and you have to keep doing it. I know you can press insert t or b in JAWS to read the percentage, but that is really annoying after a while, especially if you are copying many gigs of files/folders. Thanks.

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                        1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add the ability to reset Narrator settings to factory defaults.

                        Please add an option to reset all Narrator settings to the default values. This could be helpful in many different situations, especially when troubleshooting problems or if someone wants to undo a bunch of changes and start from scratch.

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                          1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add Braille reading and editing modes

                          When using a Braille display, we have two main uses of the display. Reading entails using spacial information and formatting. Editing is more able to show accurate, print layout information with formatting in a print manner. When reading, headings should be close to the center of the Braille display's width. When editing they should be shown symbolically, like (H1). When reading, italics should be shown using Braille formatting depending on the Braille output table and language. When editing, they can be shown with print indicators, like (I) (end I). The same could be done with separators on web pages, and…

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                            1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • show me how to use Narrator through a SINGLE page, rather than 97.44 "chapters."

                            I've had NO success in learning how to use Narrator, compared to great success in learning the other features in Ease of Access. All of the support documentation linked to Narrator is gibberish at this point because it is too convoluted. Show me how to get it started before making me read every detail. Show me in a succinct document that allows me to understand the basics before reviewing EVERY detail.

                            3 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add Narrator support in the Windows Advanced Startup menu.

                              When accessing the Advanced Startup menu, Narrator cannot be used. This is the menu you access from settings>update&Security>Recovery that allows you to do things like boot from a disk, access system image backup, etc. When I access this menu, I receive no speech feedback. Pressing Control+Windows+Enter does nothing. If I press it too many times, the computer reboots into Windows again. This is another one of those essential features that needs to be completed ASAP! As someone planning to enter the IT field, this is essential if I want to independently troubleshoot Windows, boot from external drives, etc. Ideally, I'd…

                              14 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Using Narrator should be a way to earn points in Microsoft rewards

                                Microsoft Rewards is a great way to support Microsoft, then have Microsoft support you. Narrator is growing with every new release of Windows 10, and I feel that blind users of other screen readers should try Narrator more often. A good way to facilitate this is by having Narrator usage drive up points in Microsoft Rewards, and perhaps having accessibility-based rewards, like being the next voice in a Microsoft TTS engine, or choosing the next feature to be worked on for Narrator. This would definitely bring more blind people to using Narrator, and expand Microsoft's reach into accessibility and feedback.…

                                3 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Dictionary feature for Narrator

                                  The narrator doesn't support customizing pronunciation feature for specific words. For instance, if narrator pronounces some words incorrectly, Narrator can change the pronunciation in dictionary setting like JAWS and NVDA.

                                  2 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Support emojis with screen reader

                                    I heard that from sources claiming that users can use variety of emojis by pressing Windows-key plus period or Windows-key plus semicolon to open the dialogue and choose any emoji that they want it for social media. However, screen readers like Jaws doesn't support this feature. Should you make it accessible?

                                    2 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add a toggle to echo user's keystrokes in Narrator.

                                      In Windows 10 insider preview 17115.1, Narrator won't echo keys like the arrow keys, tab, shift, control, windows, escape, and many others. Not sure if this is a bug or by design, but would someone tell me if this Narrator behavior will be released along with Windows 10 version 1803? But what is a bug is that typing tabs in notepad, wordpad, and other text editing programs is silent. To reproduce, open your preferred Microsoft text editor, such as notepad or wordpad. Press tab. Notice that Narrator stays silent, but using the arrow keys to move around the text will…

                                      3 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Natural sounding voices

                                        If you could have more natural sounding voices for ease of access options. I am a college student, and I have difficulties with learning if I cant hear it and read it and see it, I struggle. When the voices sound synthesized and computerized, I can't focus at all i can only focus on the voice and how irritating it sounds not to be rude at all. But it is almost like nails on a chalkboard and affects me worse than not having the read-aloud option.

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                                          2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Remake the voices of the narrator

                                          For a better understanding, Microsoft needs to redo the voices and even use machine learning to further refine it over time

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