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  1. 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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      • 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.

        • Using Word for Mac with the Voiceover screen reader, the spell check needs several improvements

          When using Word for Mac with the Voiceover screen reader, I encounter three problems:

          1) If I move the Voiceover focus to the panel that contains the mis-spelt word, and interact with the text, I can delete and/or re-type the mis-spelt word. However, Voiceover goes silent when I do so, making it very hard to know if I have properly corrected the word.

          2) When using the Tab key to move through the dialogue, Voiceover frequently fails to announce the “Ignore” button.

          3) When I click on one of the buttons – such as “Ignore” – the spell check moves…

          2 votes
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            2 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 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 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.

              • 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.

                • 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,…

                  21 votes
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                    4 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.

                  • Add Windows Explorer to the dark mode apps.

                    I would like to use the aero themes but have the Explorer work inverted (white on black or dark gray.) I am visually imperiled and the white background hurts my eyes to look at.

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                      Hello Grant,

                      This is a very good suggestion as File Explorer is a core part of Windows. We will forward this on to our product manager to get this implimented and let you know when this is available.

                      Again, tahnk you for contacting us, and if we can be of further assistance, please feel free to reach out to us.

                      Sincerely,

                      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.

                      • 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.

                        24 votes
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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.

                        • Make high contrast theme window border colors customizable

                          When you enable high contrast themes the window border colors should be customizable. I don't want to be forever stuck with royal blue, cyan blue or dark purple window borders. Also, add a few more colors to the color picker.

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                            Hello Liahna,

                            Thank you for contacting us about this suggestion. I believe this is a part of some of the contrast customization upgrades that are coming in a futre release. I’m checking with one of the product managers to confirm this and will get back to you with any updates.

                            Tahk you for contacting us, and in the future, if there is something else we can do for you, please reach out to us.

                            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,

                            • 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.

                              • 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.

                                • 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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                                  • In the Word 2016 spell checker, could we please use the new hotkeys, such as Spacebar with C or Spacebar with I while focussed in the list o

                                    It would be great to be able to use the new hotkeys such as SpaceBar with C or Spacebar with I while still focussed in the list of suggestions. Having to tab away from the list to use these hotkeys is a real productivity killer, because, often the correct suggestion is third or fourth in the list, so we need to be able to use those hotkeys while focussed in the list of suggestions. Thanks.

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                                      Hello,

                                      Thank you for contacting us abou your issue. In order to hehttps://microsoftaccessibility.uservoice.com/admin/forums/307429-microsoft-accessibility-feedback/suggestions/18954073-in-the-word-2016-spell-checker-could-we-please-us you, can you give us more detail as to your issue; specifically, what is the screen reader you are using?

                                      Thank you aggian for getting in touch with us, and if there’s anything else we can do ro you, please feel free to reach out to us.

                                      Sincerely,

                                      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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                                        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        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.

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

                                          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.

                                        • 6 votes
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