Microsoft Accessibility Feedback

Welcome to Microsoft’s Accessibility Feedback forum. We are very interested in learning more about what products, features, and tools will delight our customers. Please share your ideas with us and remember to vote for ideas posted by others that you also think are great.

If you accidentally came here in need of technical support, please reach out to our Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team

I suggest you ...

(thinking…)

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

If a similar idea already exists, you can support and comment on it.

If it doesn't exist, you can post your idea so others can support it.

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

  1. I am blind and am the only person who uses the pc. Why can't we have an option to always start narrator when the recovery environment loads

    There are no audible alerts to tell you when the recovery environment has loaded and got to the point where you can start narrator and as the default button that is selected is the one that reboots to windows it is easy when pressing the narrator hotkey to accidentally reboot back to windows as I am the only person who uses the pc why can't we have an option in ease of access to start narrator automatically when the recovery image is run.

    7 votes
    Sign in
    Check!
    (thinking…)
    Reset
    or sign in with
    • facebook
    • google
      Password icon
      I agree to the terms of service
      Signed in as (Sign out)

      We’ll send you updates on this idea

      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Hello,

      THiank you for contacting us about this issue. We’ll forward this to the product manager to see if there is a work around for this problem and if not, if there is a remediation in the works for it. We’ll also keep you aprised of the progress regarding this.

      Thank you again for contacting us, and if there is anything else that we can do, please feel free to reach out to us.

      Sincerely,

      The Microsoft Disability ANswer Desk team.

    • 3 votes
      Sign in
      Check!
      (thinking…)
      Reset
      or sign in with
      • facebook
      • google
        Password icon
        I agree to the terms of service
        Signed in as (Sign out)

        We’ll send you updates on this idea

        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Windows 10 should have built in access for switch interface users

        macOS, iOS, and Android have had this for a long time.

        1 vote
        Sign in
        Check!
        (thinking…)
        Reset
        or sign in with
        • facebook
        • google
          Password icon
          I agree to the terms of service
          Signed in as (Sign out)

          We’ll send you updates on this idea

          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Hllo C. A.

          We did some research and came up with the following:

          https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Accessibility/windows – doesn’t have anything directly about switch interface devices, but the AT link lists Tobii Dynavox as a product that has application compatibility with Windows 10.

          Currently we are working to ensure third party assistive technology partners are fully supported on Windows 10.

          If you have a device you prefer to use, let us know and we can work with that partner on any functionality issues you find.

          Thank you for contacting us, and if there’s something else that you need, please feel free to reach out to us.

          Sincerely,

          The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

        • Make the language setting that is used to spellcheck documents also tell screen readers in which language to pronounce the text.

          In HTML, you can add "lang" attributes to pages and to individual chunks of text. This, among other things, tells screen readers in which language they should pronounce the words (as long as the user has the appropriate voice profiles installed).

          In Microsoft products such as PowerPoint, however, screen readers (JAWS, NVDA, Window Eyes) read the content in English no matter the language you set words to via the language settings. This makes it very difficult to use Microsoft documents to accompany language classes--where we switch between the target language and the native language often, to include adopted phrases such…

          2 votes
          Sign in
          Check!
          (thinking…)
          Reset
          or sign in with
          • facebook
          • google
            Password icon
            I agree to the terms of service
            Signed in as (Sign out)

            We’ll send you updates on this idea

            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 6 votes
            Sign in
            Check!
            (thinking…)
            Reset
            or sign in with
            • facebook
            • google
              Password icon
              I agree to the terms of service
              Signed in as (Sign out)

              We’ll send you updates on this idea

              0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add a volume slider for SAPI in the Speech Control Panel

              When selecting the default system voice from the Control Panel, it is not possible to set the volume of the voice. The only things I can do are select a different sound output device or change the speech rate. Please add a volume control so that I can adjust SAPI to a comfortable volume level. This would be especially useful when I'm using programs that provide little or no control over SAPI attributes and only use the default system voice.

              1 vote
              Sign in
              Check!
              (thinking…)
              Reset
              or sign in with
              • facebook
              • google
                Password icon
                I agree to the terms of service
                Signed in as (Sign out)

                We’ll send you updates on this idea

                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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.

                4 votes
                Sign in
                Check!
                (thinking…)
                Reset
                or sign in with
                • facebook
                • google
                  Password icon
                  I agree to the terms of service
                  Signed in as (Sign out)

                  We’ll send you updates on this idea

                  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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

                  5 votes
                  Sign in
                  Check!
                  (thinking…)
                  Reset
                  or sign in with
                  • facebook
                  • google
                    Password icon
                    I agree to the terms of service
                    Signed in as (Sign out)

                    We’ll send you updates on this idea

                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    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.

                  • Narrator

                    Have narrator worK with the surface pen currently it does not work despite all the updates and five surface pro releases and one laptop.

                    2 votes
                    Sign in
                    Check!
                    (thinking…)
                    Reset
                    or sign in with
                    • facebook
                    • google
                      Password icon
                      I agree to the terms of service
                      Signed in as (Sign out)

                      We’ll send you updates on this idea

                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • bad use

                      I have not opened in my laptop,this account very critical and I hated this account..

                      2 votes
                      Sign in
                      Check!
                      (thinking…)
                      Reset
                      or sign in with
                      • facebook
                      • google
                        Password icon
                        I agree to the terms of service
                        Signed in as (Sign out)

                        We’ll send you updates on this idea

                        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Make outlook calendar zoom work for text

                        The zoom feature does not do anything useful in the Outlook Calendar in Outlook 2016 desktop. It does not make the text larger like it does in every other application.

                        2 votes
                        Sign in
                        Check!
                        (thinking…)
                        Reset
                        or sign in with
                        • facebook
                        • google
                          Password icon
                          I agree to the terms of service
                          Signed in as (Sign out)

                          We’ll send you updates on this idea

                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Bring back sfc/scannow

                          Why did Microsoft take away sfc/scannow for windows 10. They shouldn't have for sure! Now there is no way to fix windows reliably using accessibility. The current DISM command is long and pretty much impossible to remember. Now, the only way to fix windows if it is corrupt is to download an ISO of windows and hope you can get a sighted person to run a windows repair for you on your system. Thanks.

                          2 votes
                          Sign in
                          Check!
                          (thinking…)
                          Reset
                          or sign in with
                          • facebook
                          • google
                            Password icon
                            I agree to the terms of service
                            Signed in as (Sign out)

                            We’ll send you updates on this idea

                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Visual-Perceptual Deficit Templates for Word

                            I am an Occupational Therapist that works with many students with visual-perceptual problems but have "normal" visual acuity. These students need templates that keep their eyes from skipping over text and allow them to easily follow text as they type. There are a few basic designs that will assist students with this issue.

                            2 votes
                            Sign in
                            Check!
                            (thinking…)
                            Reset
                            or sign in with
                            • facebook
                            • google
                              Password icon
                              I agree to the terms of service
                              Signed in as (Sign out)

                              We’ll send you updates on this idea

                              0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make Narrator key command shortcuts far more logical!

                              In fear of being a bit harsh, though I don't mean to be at all, I must say... the keyboard shortcut keys for using Narrator in Windows 10 1703 Creaters Edition are an absolute mess! I looked at the commands list with capslock+F1, and was lost almost immediately.

                              It appears that there are no logical mkneumonics for remembering any of the keystrokes. They seem quite random with no explanation of how Microsoft determined that these would be the appropriate keys to use.

                              I understand that one may create their own shortcuts, or remap the ones already there, but that's not…

                              2 votes
                              Sign in
                              Check!
                              (thinking…)
                              Reset
                              or sign in with
                              • facebook
                              • google
                                Password icon
                                I agree to the terms of service
                                Signed in as (Sign out)

                                We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 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.

                                3 votes
                                Sign in
                                Check!
                                (thinking…)
                                Reset
                                or sign in with
                                • facebook
                                • google
                                  Password icon
                                  I agree to the terms of service
                                  Signed in as (Sign out)

                                  We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  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 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.

                                  3 votes
                                  Sign in
                                  Check!
                                  (thinking…)
                                  Reset
                                  or sign in with
                                  • facebook
                                  • google
                                    Password icon
                                    I agree to the terms of service
                                    Signed in as (Sign out)

                                    We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    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.

                                  • 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.

                                    2 votes
                                    Sign in
                                    Check!
                                    (thinking…)
                                    Reset
                                    or sign in with
                                    • facebook
                                    • google
                                      Password icon
                                      I agree to the terms of service
                                      Signed in as (Sign out)

                                      We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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.

                                      5 votes
                                      Sign in
                                      Check!
                                      (thinking…)
                                      Reset
                                      or sign in with
                                      • facebook
                                      • google
                                        Password icon
                                        I agree to the terms of service
                                        Signed in as (Sign out)

                                        We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        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.

                                      • Fix File Explorer not remembering it's position when closed and then reopened.

                                        Problem Description:

                                        File Explorer does not remember it's position, when it is closed and re-opened. Instead, it cascades to the right (as if it is a second instance of FE, when it is not.)

                                        This behaviour should only happen if multiple instances of file explorer are open, assuming it is related to the 'cascading windows' setting. This needs fixing as soon as possible. It is a rediculous "feature" the helps nobody and infuriates many.

                                        This only affects Win10 (Win8 and before always closed and reopened file explorer in the correct position). This problem can be reproduced every time Win10 is…

                                        17 votes
                                        Sign in
                                        Check!
                                        (thinking…)
                                        Reset
                                        or sign in with
                                        • facebook
                                        • google
                                          Password icon
                                          I agree to the terms of service
                                          Signed in as (Sign out)

                                          We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                          10 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 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.

                                          2 votes
                                          Sign in
                                          Check!
                                          (thinking…)
                                          Reset
                                          or sign in with
                                          • facebook
                                          • google
                                            Password icon
                                            I agree to the terms of service
                                            Signed in as (Sign out)

                                            We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                          • Don't see your idea?

                                          Microsoft Accessibility Feedback

                                          Feedback and Knowledge Base