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  1. 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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    • * PLEASE set up an email address for Bing ecommerce setup support? (Need chat alternative!)

      * PLEASE set up an email address for Bing ecommerce setup support? (Need chat alternative!)

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      • Narrator won't stop reading titles

        When switching windows or a new one opens, Narrator won't stop reading the title of the window until it has fully read it. When a key is pressed, Narrator won't interrupt itself and keeps reading the title of the window until the title has been fully read. After the title of the window is read, Narrator behaves normally. This also applies to edit fields, or anything with a long title. For example, this very edit box behaves like this. The phrase "Describe your idea" keeps being read, even if I press arrow keys to navigate the text. The update that…

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        • sanchitjghule@gmail.com

          respected sir,
          How to use narrator on my touch screen for scrolling down and up in windows 10 creators

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          • provide option to see caps lock status on screen instead of sound

            provide option to see caps lock status on screen instead of sound

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            • Add the ability to use insert or caps lock in Narrator

              I'd like to see an option under Narrator's general settings pane to use caps lock, numpad insert or extended insert as the Narrator modifyer key. For some reason, I'm finding that only using caps lock as modifyer to be a bit wonky. Indeed, I'm coming from Jaws and NVDA, so this may be a newby's foyble, but this would make my transition that much more smooth.

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                2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Hello,

                THis is an interesting request. It makes sense in that it would make the transition from JAWS or NVDA easier for users. We’ll pass this on to our product team and let you know when this becomes available.

                Thank you for your input; and in the future, if you have any issues, questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us.

                Sincerely,

                The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

              • System Repair Disk missing Narrator

                Microsoft has been making major improvements to Narrator and all of us that use screen readers are impressed. Sure there are things that folks want added, however Rome was not built in a day.

                Narrator would be a great addition to the Microsoft System Repair Disk, this would allow screen reader users to repair issues that arise that screen reader users now have to wait for assistance to fix.

                On a some what different note, The Microsoft Disability answer Desk team should take an extra minute to spell check their answers to this forum.

                I know that time is money,…

                4 votes
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                • Add a Two Switch access mode for the On Screen Keyboard

                  Add a manual step scanning option for switch users, for those able to use two switches. E.g. Key1 = Manual step scan. Key2 = Select.

                  This would enable some users to use the slick On Screen Keyboard utility much more quickly and deliberately.

                  23 votes
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                    5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Hello Barrie,

                    This is a pretty good suggestion which makes sense. We’ll forward this on to our product managers for further consideration and keep you up to date on any further developments around this.

                    Again, Thank you for reaching out to us; and if there’s anything else we can help with in the future, let us know as we’re willing to help.

                    Sincerely,

                    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                  • Narrador y Dictado

                    Acceso directo a Narrador y al Lector de Texto con iconos identificadores facilita mucho el trabajo, para poder pasar de uno al otro, usando diferentes ventanas. En mi caso como profesora, periodista e investigadora; solucionaría muchísimo mi tarea. Muchas veces no los uso por tener que estar habilitando y deshabilitando una u otra

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                    • 3 votes
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                      • Black Theme

                        The Black Office Theme (this is different than the Dark Grey one) should be included with all versions of Microsoft Office as part of the program. Not including them penalizes faculty, staff, and students with disabilities by making them pay for a copy of the subscription versions which do include a black office theme. Thank you.

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                        • Las teclas especiales se activan automáticamente.

                          Tengo que desactivar las teclas especiales para que corra el cursor en excel.

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                          • For email, add a function that allows you to add a note to saved emails so that you remember the action that you took or need to take.

                            My disability can make it difficult for me to remember actions I've taken or need to take on emails received. Adding a note feature to saved emails would help me a lot more than flags.

                            3 votes
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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…

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

                                Hello,

                                Thanks for contacting us about this. We are currently looking into this and will give you updates on this as soon as made available.

                                In the meantime, have you tried the following as a potential solution?

                                Try these options for the user:

                                There are two ways to set high contrast to reduce eye-strain and improve readability. Please try one of these and let us know your feedback as to whether this resolved your issues or not.
                                1. Office themes, a “mild mannered” solution, where you can choose a theme with better contrast
                                a. Shortcut Press L Alt+ L Shift + Print Screen; talked about in: https://blogs.office.com/2016/05/19/accessibility-enhancements-in-office-365-for-people-with-vision-impairments/
                                2. High contrast in Windows, the “real thing”, which they set in the Ease of Access center
                                a. Turn high contrast mode on or off in Windows: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/instantanswers/ece8e1d7-1a7c-473c-a0f4-3c9d66fee295/turn-high-contrast-mode-on-or-off-in-windows

                                Sincerely,

                                The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                              • Image sharing with Seeing AI

                                So far I'm impressed with Seeing AI. However I want to be able to send images and documents from any app on my device. Certainly I should be able to share or send an image from my Onedrive app to Seeing AI.

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                                • Creat a form letter we can send to developers

                                  We need a form letter we can send to a developer when we are struggling to use in inaccessible or partly accessible applications. I'm truly impressed with the great modern documentation Microsoft has produced for developers, but sometimes users need to nudge them in the right direction. To do this most non-technical users need a way to communicate with developers using language they understand.

                                  To bridge this gap, I created this letter. I hope Microsoft accessibility can improve on it and issue something official that end users can copy and paste when emailing developers:
                                  ************************************************************

                                  I have collected some links…

                                  3 votes
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                                  • A gadget for storage with specific features

                                    Hello
                                    I hope you read this email thoroughly.
                                    Some time ago, the idea of a gadget came to my mind that it took over from the cloudy space,Which enabled people to store their data where they had full confidence.
                                    Of course, there may be some examples of these gadgets in the market, but I'm talking about a gadget with specific features.
                                    If you would like to know this idea, I can help you.

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                                    • Volume control on your disability answer desk.

                                      Have outgoing volume control on your disability answer desk phones. I have one on my end but find that many techs speak softly or with an accent that makes it difficult to understand. My phone has a volume control which helps. I can't have my hearing aid in due to feedback. Maybe chat would be better but the problem I'm experiencing now is complicated. After spending 30-40 minutes with your disability desk the tech could not fix the problem and suggested I talk to my ISP. If you're interested in DETAILS about the problem I would be glad to provide…

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                                      • Remove the app size limit downloaded via mobile data in store

                                        Everything is fine with this Windows phone(LUMIA 520). But worst thing is that I can't install apps(<20mb) with mobile data in this phone. I really dissatisfied with this feature. I can't update my applications without Wi-Fi. I have a large mobile data plan but I can't use that. It doesn't support sideloading of apps. What would a user do who has not mobile data connection instead of Wi-Fi??? Should he buy another phone for setting up a Wi-Fi connection to update his apps on his Windows phone ???
                                        Guys! I am from India and I can use large data plan…

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                                        • Remove the app size limit feature downloaded via mobile data in store

                                          Everything is fine with this Windows phone(LUMIA 520). But worst thing is that I can't install apps(<20mb) with mobile data in this phone. I really dissatisfied with this feature. I can't update my applications without Wi-Fi. I have a large mobile data plan but I can't use that. It doesn't support sideloading of apps. What would a user do who has not mobile data connection instead of Wi-Fi??? Should he buy another phone for setting up a Wi-Fi connection to update his apps on his Windows phone ???
                                          Guys! I am from India and I can use large data plan…

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