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  1. 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.

    8 votes
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      2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Make the GitHub contribution chart accessible

      With the recent acquisition of GitHub, I am hoping Microsoft can help to make parts of it more accessible. The contribution chart in particular is a mess. It is completely keyboard inaccessible, its hit areas are too small, it offers no cues for what is interactive, its contrast is poor, it is not exposed to screen readers in any way, and it is not even responsive.

      As a coding experiment I outlined these issues and made a WCAG 2.1 AA compliant version and shared it with GitHub in the hopes they would use it:

      http://adrianroselli.com/2018/02/github-contributions-chart.html

      7 votes
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        2 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add Speech to Windows BIOS

        The most inaccessible part of Windows is the BIOS. There is no way for a blind person to change the BIOS by them selves and it is almost impossible to have someone on your phone read the screen that is on the bios over the phone.
        This means that I need to have someone who is comfortable with working on the innards of the computer, who I trust, following directions from someone who has no idea what they should be looking for.
        This is the only time where Narrator has an advantage over other screen readers.
        Please allow some access…

        5 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  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.

          3 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Seeing AI on Android

            Seeing AI is a fantastic app! Please make it available on Android platform.

            31 votes
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              5 comments  ·  Seeing AI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • I’m trying to access my hotmail account. I have not been on this account for I’m not even sure how long. The password that I used for this ?

              I’m trying to get into my Hotmail account but haven’t been very successful. 4 years ago I was in a horrific accident and now I suffer from memory issues. Anyways I used the same password to get into my laptop that I used for my Hotmail account and I really need help getting my account information. Can anybody please please please help me??

              2 votes
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                3 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add dragging capabilities into your eye gaze mouse emulation feature.

                While the eye gaze mouse emulation is decent, there is no way to drag items across the screen. For power users of Tobii Dynavox, that is a key piece. They have it built in to the software to work on Windows 7 but have now discontinued the product for 10. I have several clients who would go with a 2 and 1 computer it had the dragging feature.

                3 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Windows Eye Control  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • An audible alert for Notification bar

                  With magnification (or even a screen reader), it is often impossible to know that the notification bar has popped up and is awaiting some response. A simple bing sound would alert users to press Alt-N to answer the question. Ideally, focus would automatically move to the notification bar.

                  6 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Windows Magnifier  ·  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?

                    2 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                        1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Make Gaze Speak available as download in South Africa

                        Per information on this website- https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/gazespeak-1.pdf

                        You have developed an app eye gaze.

                        We have however tried all avenues to download this to assist with my father in law that due to his condition cannot speak. We live in South Africa so not sure why not available here?

                        If you could send us a link where we can download this on an I-Pad

                        2 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  Access - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Windows Head Control

                          Hello Accessibility Team,

                          We wanted to reach you since we had some feedback from our customers. I am writing on behalf on Glassouse Assistive Device team and would like to share a suggestion of ours.

                          Our product is a hybrid glass-mouse using a 9-axis gyroscope to detect the head movements for dragging mouse cursors. Right now our new version of GlassOuse can be used with our highly adaptable switch control options - G-Switch Series to do the clicking actions or without them via dwell software.

                          For right clicks, drag-n-drop, scroll etc. we suggest to use a 3rd party software on…

                          4 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Windows Eye Control  ·  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.…

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                              1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • not require users (disabled or otherwise) to have a cellphone number to set up a Microsoft account (as this could breach the Equality Act)

                              Through disability I do not use a cellphone (others do not due to lack of coverage) but found I couldn't set up a Microsoft Account without one and therefore couldn't activate my new copy of Microsoft Office.

                              It took and hour-long call to Microsoft's (very helpful) Accessibility Helpline just to to get my Microsoft Office activated.

                              Others might be tempted to use a friend's cellphone; thus leaving somebody else's number on file (a potential security risk).

                              Surely a company such as Microsoft cannot have missed the implications of requiring a cellphone (texts) in respect of those with disabilities and /or…

                              1 vote
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                                2 comments  ·  Access - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Provide an option to make the mouse cursor/insertion point centered in full screen when magnified.

                                Providing an option for making the mouse cursor centered when moving around the screen would negate the need for ZoomText; additionally, I'd want the functionality to apply to centering the screen around the insertion point when typing.

                                There has already been an idea posted here:
                                https://microsoftaccessibility.uservoice.com/forums/307429-microsoft-accessibility-feedback/suggestions/17819389-improve-magnification-make-it-more-apple-like

                                But it seems the "- Add an option to center the mouse in the zoom area (full screen mode)" has been ignored

                                2 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Windows Magnifier  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Go back to having an email contacts. Sometimes it is just a lot easier to email, especially if I want to attach a screen print.

                                  Why not go back to being able to contact you by EMAIL?? Sometimes we like to attach something to explain the problem better.
                                  I'm afraid you've lost the idea of "Ease of Access" or at least for help.

                                  4 votes
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                                  • I thought Jan 31st was latest for free upgrade to Windows 10. Please extend.

                                    Please extend the free upgrade to Windows 10 for accessibility users.

                                    36 votes
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                                      17 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add enhanced pointers for Magnifier

                                      Unlike the Magnifier in Apple OS, Windows Magnifier does not provide an extra large, enhanced pointer suitable for low vision users. Instead, Windows offers an extra large pointer pack which is ineffective for many low vision users because it is too small and lacks proper emphasis.

                                      Additionally, the said pointer pack does not address the needs of low vision users who suffer from field-of-vision loss. Such users require additional enhancements which make it easier to continously track the cursor. Instead, Windows provides two outdated features which are ineffective for many low vision users: Press Control to locate the cursor vis…

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                                        1 comment  ·  Windows Magnifier  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Show as Out of Office shading - Outlook 2016

                                        The shading for the Show as Out of Office needs to be much darker in Outlook 2016, just as it was in earlier versions. It is very annoying that you are no longer able to scan the calendar for out of office days due to the color change.

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                                          3 comments  ·  Outlook - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Fix your online accessory... I keep getting a loop.. I want to close one account but the program WILL NOT LET ME !!!

                                          I have been trying for SEVERAL days to close an account, and I keep getting in a loop. The email on file is closed, removed, gone. I want to change my account password and my EMAIL ADDRESS !!!! but your program will not let me. So now I'll now have to pay 10.00 BECAUSE of your program..

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