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  1. 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.

    • create themes in word and PowerPoint that meet the accessibility guidelines for font size and color contrast.

      Create Accessible themes, templates in MS word and PowerPoint. And then call the theme Accessible or Low Vision or something that lets people easily find it.

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        Hello Patricia,

        Thank you for reaching out to us about your concern. Be advised that other customers have contacted us about issues related to this situation. Our engineering teams are actively looking into this and changes are in the works.

        Having said that, we are always interested in how we can improve out products’ accessibility. Therefore if you have specifics on what you think needs improvement, such as the product being used, scenario in which the problem occurrs, or suggestion on improvements to the specific user interface elements, or specific features, please let us know.

        Again, thank you for reaching out to us as we are here to assist in any way possible with accessibility needs.

        Sincerely,

        The Microsoft Disability answer Desk team.

      • Ctrl + Alt + I should be app specific

        Windows Store's Twitter complies with my Windows 10 Dark Theme setting, however, Edge, Internet Explorer and File Explorer has white backgrounds; gives me headaches, especially at 500%.

        Ctrl + Alt + I works, but inverts the ENTIRE OS, making my desktop background looking like an X-Ray, and my selected "Dark Theme" as WHITE. I don't like doing the Alt + Tab and Ctrl + Alt + I keyboard shortcuts when switching apps when I have already have "Dark Theme" set up under Personalization Control Panel.

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          Hello Marcos,

          Thank you for submitting this suggestion. This is simular to another suggestionthat somebody submitted regarding Dark Mode inWindows 10. We’ll forward this to our product development team for further consideration.

          Thank you for reaching out to us about this suggestion.

          Sincerely,

          The Microsoft Disability answer Desk team.

        • give example of programs where are multi read it soulutions fails to improve under performance ?

          give example of programs where are multi read it soulutions fails to improve under performance ?

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            Hello,

            We would be more than happy to assist you. However, we need more specifics as far as what operatiing system you are using, application, and accessibility tool, as well as the scenario that the proble is occurring. With that information, we can better assist you.

            Thank you,

            The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

          • allow screen reader audio to be passed through skype for business

            We have a use case where we have geographically dispersed teams working on websites with developers in one site and accessibility staff in another.
            We currently use skype for business for screen sharing has largely been successful however the accessibility team is wondering if SfB can pass through screen reader audio to the remote end (developers) in order for the developers to experience what the accessibility team does when using a screen reader – explaining the behavior of the screen readers would be much easier if the screen readers audio is passed through.

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            • 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.

              • bring back text/icon resizing

                this screen, formerly located at: "Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Display" in the legacy Control Panel has been removed, and is also not represented in the Settings app menus (in the new Build 15019.rs_prerelease.170121-1513)

                Image: https://www.windowscentral.com/sites/wpcentral.com/files/styles/larger_wm_brw/public/field/image/2015/08/windows-10-display-settings-scn-3.png?itok=P_IMrNWw

                I NEED these options back. I am registered blind and always use Windows like this (larger text, turned bold for all elements - titlebars, message boxes, icons etc):

                Image: http://imagizer.imageshack.us/a/img924/9568/SSXyGo.jpg

                If this isn't fixed, I will be stuck on the old version of Win10 by disabling updates, which will eventually not be supported, meaning I will then be forced back onto Win8. Please stop changing,…

                15 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Hello Karl,

                  Thank you for alerting us with this issue. You’re correct inthat without the resizing or font change option, it can make it difficult to see the desktop icons. Therefor, I’ll forward this on to our product managers to get this issue raised and possibly resolved.

                  Again, thank you for reaching out to us about this.

                  Sincerely,

                  The Microsoft Disability answer Desk team.

                • Microsoft snipping tool. This is the perfect tool, but has one thing missing that everyone I talk to agrees with and that is a text box func

                  Microsoft snipping tool. This is the perfect tool, but has one thing missing that everyone I talk to agrees with and that is a text box function. I work in a engineering design office and having this extra function would be greatly beneficial. So it would be very appreciated if this could be added to the next version.

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                  • The ability to change my working background (in Word, Outlook and Excel)

                    Hi,
                    I used to be able to change the colour of my background in the Personalisation option from the Desktop. It allowed me to choose any colour I liked for my page and text in Word, Outlook and Excel. It was wonderful and I used to share this feature with users I trained using AT since it was a free adaptation that made a huge difference.

                    I have always said, you would never spend all day looking at a bright white light, and yet we do, by looking at a bright white piece of paper in Word.

                    This is hugely…

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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 Version 1607 Display Setting settings in Advanced To Help Visually Impaired

                        The advanced display settings have been removed from Windows Version 1703. These include: "Clear Type Text" settings and "Advanced Sizing of Text and Other Items" settings. Version 1607 had these settings. Please bring them back to help accommodate the visually impaired. The Clear Type Settings help you to read the ext in a darker type. The Advance Sizing settings help to improve reading the title bars, Menus, message Boxes, pallete titles, Icon, and tool tips text, as you could increase the font size and add bolding to the text. I really miss these features and implore you to bring them…

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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.

                          • Text selection commands don't work in Scan Mode

                            I have posted this to the Windows Insider Feedback Hub, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to post this here as well. When reading text in Scan Mode, it is impossible to use standard Windows text selection commands to select text. This would be very useful in all sorts of places. For example, I could select and copy the text from an error message or text from a website.

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                              • Restore the Improve Text, Font Size functions in the display settings

                                I am visually impaired and suffer from Macular Degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Dell Computer had me reload my windows operation system yesterday in order to correct a problem that was using 99% to 100% of my disk drive, slowing down my computer and causing continual freezes. I was using Window Home version 1607. One the reload of the Window was complete I was using Windows version 1703.

                                This version eliminates certain text enhancements I used to better be able to read text. It made text darker and increased the font size and allowed me to bold menu and tools fonts,…

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                                • Make Accessibility Checking As Ubiquitous As Spell Checking

                                  Kudos for Moving your Accessibility Checker into the Review Ribbon it's a step forward.

                                  How about having accessibility on by default like you have spelling and grammar checking.

                                  Failing that can you make it available as an option to add to the Quck Access toolbar so that it is persistent. Out of sight is out of mind so I would suggest this small change to keep accessibility at the top of people's minds.

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                                    Hello Neil,

                                    Thank you very much for your suggestion. as you may know, we are working diligently to offer more accessibility functionality to our products.

                                    What version of Word are you using? Is it Office 365, or 2016, or another version? Please let us know so we can forward your suggestions to the appropriate product team, so we may expedite your issue.

                                    Thank you,

                                    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

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                                      Hello,

                                      Thank you for reaching out to us about this issue. ALthough we handle isssues, questions, and comments with regards to disabled people using our products, we will find the development team to fix this.

                                      With that said, can you please give us the details as to how you navigated to this borken link? What page or pages were you coming from?

                                      Thanks again,

                                      The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk Team.

                                    • Add a greater range of dwell times for the onscreen keyboard to increase speed

                                      I type with a combination of a trackball and onscreen keyboard. However, I have to use a third party keyboard (which could go away at any time) because the dwell time on the Windows keyboard is excruciatingly slow even on the fastest (.5 s) setting. On the third party keyboard I can type almost instantly with a dwell time of 200 or 300 ms. Why not refine the range of dwell times?

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                                        Hi Amy,

                                        Thank you for contacting us at the Disability Answer Desk. This is a very interesting issue. However to help you further, we need further information regaring the third party software yo are using, on what oporating system, and application or applications you may be using as well.

                                        Than you for reaching out to us, and we’ll do whatever possible to resolve your situation.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                                      • Highlighting text with narrator

                                        Create a touchscreen gesture to highlight text to copy or cut as the current gesture for sighted users in Windows 10 does not work.

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                                        • Narrator

                                          have bitlocker make a couple of beeps or something similar so blind users know when to enter the password to move on to the user logon screen.

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