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  1. 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

    9 votes
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      1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Enable Cortana and Narrator to work together without them both talking on top of one another.

      Narrator and Cortana talk on top of each other when I use both at the same time.

      10 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow Narrator to unmute the system sound device

        Narrator should check the system output device when ever it is activated. If the sound device is muted, Narrator should automatically unmute it and set the volume to a value such as 50% so that it is audible. If the sound device is working properly, Narrator should do nothing and start normally. This would be a great help when trying to work with a system where the sound was muted. By pressing Control+Windows+Enter, the screen reader starts and the sound device is unmuted and set to a relatively high volume.

        17 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Automatically pause Narrator while Cortana is listening.

          Unlike Siri and VoiceOver on Apple products, Cortana and Narrator are not integrated. Blind and low vision users expect the screen reader to pause whenever a personal assistant is listening for commands.

          One third-party developer, Freedom Scientific attempts to remedy this by ducking the audio from it's screen reader (JAWS) whenever Cortana is invoked. However, this method isn't always effective at preventing Cortana from detecting feedback from JAWS.

          Is it possible to provide such functionality in Narrator?

          8 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • I strongly suggest can improve the Narrator tool to read the text and paragraph of a Webpage running Windows 7 version

            Narrator tool doesn't have the features to read the text and paragraph of a web-page

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              1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Narrator and difficult situations

              Narrator is becoming more powerful with every windows 10 release. With that being said, here are some things that would make it more valuable. 1. The ability to access advanced settings in windows, as well as bios configurations. There are times when I need to immage on to a USB drive, and I am unable to. 2. The ability for narrator to work with browsers outside Edge and the now outdated internet explorer. 3. Abaility for narrator to work with other applications o outside microsoft. 3. The abaility for narrator to work with complex web applications that offer chat functionality.4.…

              8 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • turkish phonetic notification problem

                While the characters are declared phonetically, English words are used (bravo, delta). Turkish phonetic characters should be used instead (bursa, denizli).
                In addition, while the picture is made in the detailed description of the picture content is not in Turkish, English is done.

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                  0 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Different voices for Read Aloud in Word

                  The default voice on Read Aloud makes it difficult to use for its purpose. When it reads your document, it sounds very awfully robotic and monotone. It's hard to listen to your own document. It really is hard to listen to it or even revise while listening because you get distracted by how awful the voice sounds. I would suggest different voices, male and female as well. Most of all, a more natural sounding voice.

                  2 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Narrator Create a video reading a word document, an excel spreadsheet, and internet explorer website. I find the narrator giving level blank

                    Narrator Create a video reading a word document, an excel spreadsheet, and internet explorer website. I find the narrator giving level blank,level blankity blank confusing for a sighted viewer who does not know html.
                    Narrator could certainly benefit from a gamified tutorial with the option of turning off the level this or that announcement. If all else fails have a tutorial on JAWS.

                    3 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Make screen readers read suggested names when composing a mail in Windows mail. No screen reader is able to read names automatically

                      When you type text into the to or cc/bcc fields in Windows Mail, Mail will suggest names as you type. The names cannot however be red out by any screen reader, unless you move focus out of the field, and then back into the field, often by using tab and then shift+tab back into the field. When you do this the suggested name is being spoken, but it should not be necessary to
                      move out of the field to get this information spoken.

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                        1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • narrator with math content

                        every screen reader has serious issue with math content. some require you to install special software to read content in MS word or on the web. I wish, Microsoft takes initiative to improve this situation. maybe Microsoft should be improve the accessibility of MS word and work on narrator to add support for math reading.
                        perhaps, Microsoft gives me any option to write and read math in MS word or Microsoft edge using narrator.

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                          1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 12 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                            I am so thankful you are testing the new keyboard shortcuts in narrator you are introducing in narrator that will make it more like the other screenreaders if implemented. One feature I would really like added to narrator is to place a bookmark in a webpage, like if you were listening to a long webpage or ebook Edge it could place a bookmark there so if open the browser later it would come back to the same spot where you left off. Thanks, David

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

                              Please make it sound less robotic

                              7 votes
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                              • 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.

                                7 votes
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                                • 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…

                                  7 votes
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                                  • bug report windows setup and narrator navvegateing item lists such as time and currency format list

                                    windows setup running narrator to install windows 10 v1803
                                    problem when trying to change time and currency format from english u.s to english u.k when navvegateing
                                    if you up arrow once narrator should tell me that the item has changed eg time and currency format: english united kingdom instead, i get silence when arrowing up and down the list could this be fixed?
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                                    run windows 10 1803 install dvd with narrator running
                                    tab once to time and currency format box up and down arrow what should happen?
                                    narrator should tell us what the item is that we…

                                    3 votes
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                                    • 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.

                                      6 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…

                                        13 votes
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