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  1. Provides specific guidance on creating accessible SharePoint Online sites

    Please provide guidance on setting up accessible SharePoint Online sites. SharePoint Online is a part of Office 365.

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    • Make the out office shading darker

      The out of office all day shading on the calendar is too light to be effective. Please go back to the old shading.

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      • Narrator

        Create a keyboard command in narrator to turn on and off the screen.

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        • Someone has hacked my iPhone, Facebook, and MSN accounts. User names web_201502_facebookhermes6766. IP address Mass

          Someone has hacked my iPhone, Facebook, and MSN accounts. User names web_201502_facebookhermes6766. IP address Mass 617-418-1299. Anyone else have that problem too? Thx! JP

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          • 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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            • Side scroll bars need a resizing action for users with nerve damaged hands.

              I have moderately damaged nerves in my right wrist that cause my 3 fingers on my hand to be drawn inward like a hook. On top of that, whenever I use that hand, I have micro spasms that give little jerking motions to my hand while trying to use a mouse which gives me limited control over the mouse pointer. Due to the spasming, smaller items are very difficult to use. Since the side scroll bars have been narrowed in your products, it is extremely difficult to use them with my condition. Adding a sizing function to allow widening the…

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                Hello Lester,

                Thank you for your input on this. We will forward this to one of our product managers to see if we can facilitate a solution for you regarding scroll bar size. Once we have more information, we’ll get back to you with further information.

                Thank you for reaching out to us and if in the future we can be of further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us.

                Sincerely,

                The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

              • Have narrator Say end of list when rotating through the taskbar.

                Have narrator Say end of list when rotating through the taskbar.

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                • Make footnotes easier to navigate when using Voiceover with Word

                  When reading text, double clicking on a footnote reference (using VO Shift Space twice) moves the insertion point to the relevant footnote, but it doesn’t move the Voiceover cursor, and the footnote is not spoken. And, double clicking on the reference in the footnote itself does not return the Voiceover cursor to the text, as it should.

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                    Hello Mark,

                    Thank you for contacting us at the Disability Answer Desk with your suggestions. we apreciate 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 implimentation 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 the Go To command work better with Voiceover

                    This works with some options (for example, going to a bookmark in a Word file), but not others. For example, if I am on page one of a Word file, and ask to Go To page 2, then close the dialogue by pressing Escape, the insertion point remains on page one.

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                      Hello Mark,

                      Thank you for contacting us at the Disability Answer Desk with your suggestions. we apreciate 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 implimentation 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,

                    • Make more use of the Rotor to improve navigation in Word files

                      It would be useful if the Rotor (VO-u) provided access to items such as headings and bookmarks -- the way it now does in Apple's Pages. This would make document navigation much easier.

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                        Hello Mark,

                        Thank you for contacting us at the Disability Answer Desk with your suggestions. we apreciate 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 implimentation 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.

                      • so i cant use this comkputer i have shares and loosing money because of this windows 10

                        cant do this know more jpoke 15 hrs a day for 6 months ive tryed t6o gtet this ******* windows 10 finished lost neally every cent 40000 dollars because ofv this

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                        • Put the font size & font color control back into Outlook!

                          Not everyone has 20-20 vision. Some people need to make the letters bigger in email. Light grey color on white back ground is a nightmare! Also, if you want to make a big improvement.... give us the option to change this awful WHITE back ground into a softer color, so it isn't so ******* the eyes. This is just awful.

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                            Hello,

                            Thank you for reaching out to us at the Disability Answer Desk. This is something that we are currently working on and investigating solutions to improve contrast themes in our software. Our Project Managers are aware of this and we will get back to you as soon as there are more details available.

                            Again, thank you for reaching out to us. And if in the future, you have further issues, questions, or comments, please let us know.

                            Sincerely,

                            The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk Team.

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                            • The scan mode ought to switch on or off automatically depending on input field, e.g. switching off scan mode when encountering editable fiel

                              The scan mode ought to switch on or off automatically depending on input field, e.g. switching off scan mode when encountering editable field. I prefer Narrator handling web pages as is handled by System Access screen reader.

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                                Hello,

                                THank you for contacting us about this issue. We will forward this to the product manager in charge of Narrator to see if we can get a fix implimented for you.

                                One question: Are you experinencing this with only one browser such as IE 11 or Edge?

                                Again, thank you for reaching out to us about this as it’s our missionto help those with disabilities use our products more effectively.

                                Sincerely,

                                The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                              • Add a command or toggle to disable Narrator speech and sounds.

                                There needs to be a way to disable Narrator speech and/or sounds. This is especially true now that we have braille support. Currently, I have to mute the entire system to have a silent braille experience.

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                                  Hi Chris,

                                  We do have a hot key to turn on and off Narrator. If you use the Windows Key and Enter, that should turn on and off Narrator.

                                  One clarifying question that I have though is are you using Narrator with the braille device, or are you using the device separately?

                                  Thank you,

                                  The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                                • Change Outlook color schemes

                                  The color scheme in Outlook 2016 does not provide enough contrast for some features, such as highlighting out of office or busy days. This is especially true for the "dark grey" office theme - where the ooo days show up as a whiter shade against a light grey background - impossible to see in the month view. Getting away from the pastel colors would help.

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                                    Hello,

                                    Thank you for reaching out to us at the Disability Answer Desk. This is something that we are currently working on and investigating solutions to improve contrast themes in our software. Our Project Managers are aware of this and we will get back to you as soon as there are more details available.

                                    Again, thank you for reaching out to us. And if in the future, you have further issues, questions, or comments, please let us know.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk Team.

                                  • Different notification sounds for different apps

                                    In the Windows Mobile version, you can assign completely different sounds to different apps. I would like that be made for the PC version. I can tell what notification would be by the sound. For my phone, I have different sounds for different types of things. For example, "You have an appointment." for the calendar. For mail, "New mail" and for Maintenance and Security, an alarm sound.

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                                      Hello,

                                      This sis a very interesting idea you’ve proposed. In Windows some apps let you customize alerts for some of their functions, but not all becuase it’s dependant on registry entries.

                                      I’ll go ahead and forward this to the product manager for further review and get back to you with any further updates.

                                      Thanks again for reaching out to us; and in the future, if there’s anything else we can do for you, please let us know.

                                      Sincerely,

                                      The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                                    • Add how-to's on your PowerPoint support pages for math and animation accessibility

                                      At work we're picking up bits and pieces all over the web about the best way to make PowerPoints accessible-- specifically for math, tables and animations. We're currently getting some info from MathType/Design Science but this could be on the support pages. We're finding that
                                      - MathML is good BUT
                                      - there's an option to add alt text, some users are requesting it, others are saying it shouldn't be added to the Math OLE (turns out it seems to depend on screen reader)
                                      - Animations where a user action adds more bits of math to a single slide-- can't consistently…

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                                        Hello Mallory,

                                        This is a very good idea, and thank you so much for breaking down the details of what you’re looking for in reference to this issue. That helps us a great deal in investigating how we can make that feature more accessible.

                                        We’ll do some more research to see how these solutions can be implemented and will get back to you with follow-up details as they become available.

                                        Again, thank you for reaching out to us; and if in the future we can be of further assistance, please let us know.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                                      • Please provide tips on using Pivot tables in Excel with screen readers. Pivot tables are one of the most powerful features in Excel.

                                        Pivot tables provide a superb feature set for analyzing data without having to develop complex formulae involving many ranges of data. I use a screen reader and am just starting to learn about them and am finding them wonderful, fascinating, and extremely useful. Sadly, screen reader vendors provide no information on pivot table use, and I believe that their lack of use by blind individuals stems from the fact that blind people don't learn about them, so they are never used. I think Microsoft has a wonderful opportunity here to expose information about one of the unsung heroes of Excel,…

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                                          2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Hello,

                                          Thank you for reaching out to us about this issue. Another unother user has approached us about this very same situation, and we are having our engineering teams look into this.

                                          Thank you for contacting us, and if there is anything else that we can be assistance with in the future, don’t hesitate to let us know.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                                        • Improve contrast/color schemes for Microsoft Office 2010 and newer

                                          The ribbon menus need another option that provides more contrast and easier to see icons for Low-Vision users. The current shades of gray, and small size are very frustrating for our low-vision students. We really miss the Office 2003 menu styles and color schemes which provided greater contrast.

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                                            Hi Cheryl,

                                            Thank you for contacting us at the disability Answer Desk with this concern. We are currently tacking this concern as it’s been brought up concerning some of our other products. In the meantime, we are following up with our Product Managers to get an ETA of when a solution will be implemented. When we receive more information, we will post it here first.

                                            Thank you again for reaching out to us for your accessibility related concerns.

                                            Sincerely,

                                            The Microsoft Disability Answer desk Team.

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