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  1. True No Disability here

    I use the magnifier Because I am farsighted

    2 votes
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  2. Outlook Fixed Zoom for Reading Pane

    When viewing Outlook in the "Compact View", please fix the zoom slider so that one can set it to a specific zoom instead of having to adjust the slider for each email.

    I have found a macro that I can use to fix the zoom in emails I open, but it is easier to just view many of them in the reading pane.

    4 votes
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  3. Use background color to distinguish buttons in high-contrast themes

    The default high-contrast themes do not make use of the option to set a background color for buttons. Instead, they rely on the fact that default button styling includes a border, and set that border to the button text color. Buttons are thereby visually distinguished as text surrounded by a border. Some of the default high-contrast themes also use a different text color for buttons, but not all.

    This creates a problem when these styles are applied to websites in MS Edge. Many modern websites do not use border styles on buttons, instead relying on the background color, rounded corners,…

    7 votes
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  4. Put a chat on line

    a chat online to solve problems inmediately

    9 votes
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  5. Make sure developers of different MS products are on the same accessibility page.

    Accessibility Checker and Captioning plug-in for PowerPoint? Good job. Thumbs up.

    Inability to convert a captioned PowerPoint to an accessible Office Mix? Inexcusable.

    MAKE IT EASY FOR END USERS TO CREATE ACCESSIBLE CONTENT.

    16 votes
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  6. 3D audio events

    Hi, I'd like it if Narrator's audio events were 3d, so that we could know where things are on the screen as we move to them. This could also include progress bars, updating from left to right, as it is visually.

    6 votes
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  7. Windows 10 Backup drive selection appears white on white in dark mode

    In Windows 10 Backup (WINDOWS+i then update and security then backup). When "Add a drive" is chosen, a menu appears with all attached suitable backup drives. If Windows "app mode" is set to dark (Settings - personalisation - colors - choose an app mode), then the list of backup drives appears white on white.

    5 votes
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  8. 6 votes
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  9. give win10 the ability to have a thicker coloured border around Windows like in win7

    give win10 the ability to have a thicker coloured border around Windows like in win7

    this would be extremly helpful for visually impaired users

    7 votes
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  10. Please allow scrreen readers to fully read Windows Runtime applications like the Cortana search box

    Apparently Microsoft just made a security decision to block any application, even a trusted screen reader, from injecting its code into any WinRT application.
    This includes Windows core components like the start menu, settings app and Microsoft Edge. This also means windows store apps as well.

    This greatly reduces accessibility in all these essential apps and in particular edit boxes. We are pretty much writing silently and there is no sound for when we misspelled something or when a suggestion comes up.
    Microsoft is moving more and more to having all their apps and components be packaged like this, so…

    16 votes
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  11. Add customizability to narrator output options

    TL:DR
    -Control voice speed by words per minute instead of arbitrary % value

    -Highlight each word as it's voiced. Allow pausing, rewind (e.g. 10 words, 1 sentence.) and skipping ahead. Read mode where successive paragraphs are immediately started after the previous completes itself.

    -More options to enable or disable actions which cause voice output (e.g. don't read paragraphs/only read paragraphs on screen, not windows names etc.)

    Hi,

    I think narrator is really excellent and you've done a great job making it. Thanks!

    I have some suggestions for features, I expect they may be considered already, but I think they would…

    7 votes
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  12. Creating new lists for mail merges is not accessible

    I like to use the Mail Merge feature in Microsoft Word. When I attempt to create a new list with the Alt+M,R,N key tip or edit an existing list with the alt+M,
    R,E key tip, I get an accessible dialog box. When I tab through the fields. I don't get an indication of what fields I'm editing. Also, the buttons to add new entries, cancel and ok buttons aren't in the tab order.

    4 votes
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  13. Make the command lines work better with screen readers, including the new Bash client for developers

    The current command line works pretty good, but there are two major problems that showed up particularly in windows 10:
    1. You need to use the review cursor to read the command line. This is OK, but not novice friendly and has always been the case.
    2. When one has "speak typed characters on" or "speak typed words on" I will hear new output spelled to me rather than read normally. This is beyond aggravating!
    Next, the new Bash client acts like the command line, but when using things like SSH, Nano or Vim, it acts a little strangely.
    For…

    13 votes
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  14. give me a live voice to talk with

    i need to talk to a person not a machine

    4 votes
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  15. 2 votes
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  16. Inconsistent accessibility features in Edge and other MS apps

    I was directed to come here by customer support. I had to install Windows 7 on a different hard drive just to post this! I have been a member of the "insider" program since February 14th 2015.
    I have a spinal cord injury which renders my hands and arms useless. I have been disabled for 25 years. I worked with Mark Novak, at the University of Wisconsin Weisman Center, on the original Access Pack for MS-DOS and Access Pack for Windows 3.1 which is the forefather of "Ease of Access". I must use a mouthstick or voice recognition to navigate…

    8 votes
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  17. Windows 10 violates

    FTR'' I love the new win10. Windows 10 violates good Old fashion privacy, on one note am on my Own Time, not on yours . I CANT STOP YOU FORM UPDATEING '' I Ask one Thing and one Thing ONLY, give the People A Voice to Vote ! on this Yes/ for you. No/ I will updated on my own time. Ps this was just on my chest had to get it off. Thanks for your time, keep up the good work to "all of you" making Microsoft for what it is to day and for tomorrow...

    3 votes
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  18. real time captioning for Skype for Business

    Desired outcome: During a Skype for Business call, when I am sharing my screen and a presentation/desktop demo my audience can see the words I am speaking coming up in front of them on their screens (or in the IM window) so they are able to read the English and follow (imagine deaf audience for eg)

    13 votes
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  19. 5 votes
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  20. Add a Screen Curtin Like on IOS

    In windows 10, especially on the Surface devices, the ability to turn off the screen has been disabled. The old method was to press windows+p to get to projector options, then arrow up to second screen only and press enter.
    There are three reasons why having a way to turn off the screen is important:
    1. Privacy and safety. As a blind user, we have no idea who could be looking at our screen and if we are writing some highly personal data in a public place, then we have no way to insure someone is not looking over our…

    8 votes
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