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    • 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…

      4 votes
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      • put an option to select and copy text from the web using narrator

        other screen readers give you the option to select and copy text while you're browsing on a webpage. i think narrator should also include this featuree so that it becomes a fully featured screen reader.

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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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          • 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.

            3 votes
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            • 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.

              6 votes
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              • 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.

                3 votes
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                • 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.

                  3 votes
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                  • Narrator doesn't reliably show new page content in edge

                    When following a link or searching from the address bar, Narrator doesn't always position me on the web page. Sometimes it shows the toolbar with open reading view and other controls, and other times it will say the page title and custom repeatedly. This is with scan mode on and I have to tab into the page content to be able to cursor through it again. It also will say "Command unavailable" at times as well. This doesn't seem to be restricted to certain sites as far as I can tell.

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                      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Hello Mike,

                      Thank you for contacting us about these issues. We are aware that Narrator and some of the other screen readers are having problems working with Edge. Our product teams are working hard to resolve these problems.

                      We will forward this on to the product team and update you when this issue is fixed.

                      Again, thank you for contacting us; and if there is anything else we can assist you with, feel free to reach out.

                      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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                      • Add keyboard shortcuts for the Snipping Tool

                        The Snipping Tool is horribly inconvenient for anyone who does a lot of screen capture/paste (not PrintScreen) because it has no keyboard shortcuts. Lots of hand-eye coordination and mouse clicks required just to initiate a snip. Please bring back keyboard shortcuts.

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                          1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Hello Molly,

                          This is a very goos suggestion. We’ll forward this on to our product managers and see if we can get this implimented for you. We’ll also keep you up to date with any developments.

                          If there is anything else we can do for you, please feel free to reach out to us.

                          Sincerely,

                          The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                        • 8 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Hello,

                            Thank you for contacting us with your feature request. we are currently investigating on how to impliment this and will keep you up to date as far as the progress made.

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

                            Sincerely,

                            The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk tearm.

                          • Ability to export Narrator customized settings and keyboard commands

                            Narrator is supported in more than 20 languages, however there are many others where Narrator is not supported. It means, that some keyboard commands should be changed manualy if we wanted Narrator to work. examples are Narrator key +brackets. In Slovenian keyboard layout we must press ctrl + alt +f/g or alt(gr) +f/g to type square brackets.
                            If you have only one computer, it will be easy to customise a Narrator but if you had more than five, this procedure would become very frustrated.
                            so until Narrator has not been supported and localised to Slovenian and other languages, I suggest…

                            5 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Hello,

                              Thank you for contacting us about this suggestion. We will forward this to our product manager as we are making efforts to incorporate functionality with more and more languages.

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

                              Sincerely,

                              The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                            • Narrator is too verbose in lists in edge

                              Narrator is too verbose in lists. The best way to see this is to go to the Microsoft accessibility user voice main page and look through the list of hot ideas. Insure you are in scan mode. Narrator will say "List start list item x of C". It does this repeatedly as I arrow through the list. This is especially annoying if there is more text associated with the list item. What I would prefer to have spoken is "List start" to indicate I'm entering a list, and just the list item with the word bullet if it's a bulleted…

                              6 votes
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                                Hello Mike,

                                Thank you for contacting us about these issues. We are aware that Narrator and some of the other screen readers are having problems working with Edge. Our product teams are working hard to resolve these problems.

                                We will forward this on to the product team and update you when this issue is fixed.

                                Again, thank you for contacting us; and if there is anything else we can assist you with, feel free to reach out.

                                Sincerely,

                                The Microsoft Disability answer Desk team.

                              • Narrator won't let me review form fields in edge

                                When typing into the edit boxes on this page or any other pages, I can't navigate character by character with Narrator or move by any other element. It also doesn't announce what I'm backspacing over.

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                                  Hello Mike,

                                  Thank you for contacting us about these issues. We are aware that Narrator and some of the other screen readers are having problems working with Edge. Our product teams are working hard to resolve these problems.

                                  We will forward this on to the product team and update you when this issue is fixed.

                                  Again, thank you for contacting us; and if there is anything else we can assist you with, feel free to reach out.

                                  Sincerely,

                                  The Microsoft Disability answer Desk team.

                                • Narrator says "Command unavailable when trying to silence the reading of tooltips behind links

                                  When Navigating between pages in edge, Narrator will read tooltips behind links such as the url of the link. I press control to silence this and Narrator will say "Command unavailable.

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                                    Hello Mike,

                                    Thank you for contacting us about these issues. We are aware that Narrator and some of the other screen readers are having problems working with Edge. Our product teams are working hard to resolve these problems.

                                    We will forward this on to the product team and update you when this issue is fixed.

                                    Again, thank you for contacting us; and if there is anything else we can assist you with, feel free to reach out.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    The Microsoft Disability answer Desk team.

                                  • 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.

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Narrator

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

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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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                                          Hello,

                                          Thanks for contating us about your issue. Can you give us more information with regards to the scren reader you are using, including screen reader version and what specifically you are trying to do when rebooting the ystem.

                                          Thanks for contacting us and letting us help you with your situation.

                                          Sicnerely,

                                          The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                                        • Improve the way Word files open with Voiceover

                                          When I open an existing Word file, the Voiceover cursor is on the document layout area. To get to the text, I need to interact, then interact again, before Voiceover says “in edit text”.

                                          And if the document has headers, I need to interact, which takes me to the header area, then move down to the text, then interact again.

                                          Would it be possible, when opening a file, to start with the Voiceover cursor on the text area? This is probably where most users want to be when they open a file – ready to start reading or typing.

                                          I…

                                          4 votes
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                                            1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Hello Mark,

                                            Thank you for contacting us at the Disability Answer Desk with your suggestions. we appreciate 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 implementation 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.

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