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  1. The button option in the creators update for narrator is missing from the on-screen gestures list.

    Can you please fix the new button option for narrator and the creators build. It is currently missing from the Touch screen gestures list in narrator.

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    • 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…

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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.

      • 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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        • 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.

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            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.

          • 6 votes
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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.

              • 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.

                  • 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…

                    19 votes
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                    • 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.

                      • create themes in word and PowerPoint that meet the accessibility guidelines for font size and color contrast.

                        Create Accessible themes, templates in MS word and PowerPoint. And then call the theme Accessible or Low Vision or something that lets people easily find it.

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                          Hello Patricia,

                          Thank you for reaching out to us about your concern. Be advised that other customers have contacted us about issues related to this situation. Our engineering teams are actively looking into this and changes are in the works.

                          Having said that, we are always interested in how we can improve out products’ accessibility. Therefore if you have specifics on what you think needs improvement, such as the product being used, scenario in which the problem occurrs, or suggestion on improvements to the specific user interface elements, or specific features, please let us know.

                          Again, thank you for reaching out to us as we are here to assist in any way possible with accessibility needs.

                          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.

                            • 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,…

                              17 votes
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                                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.

                              • 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,

                                  • 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.

                                    • 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.

                                      • PowerPoint Read Aloud

                                        I am unable to find a way just to get the whole PowerPoint read to me. Thanks.

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                                          3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Hi Les,

                                          Thank you for reaching out to us about your issue. In order to help you out effectively, can you provide us with the following:

                                          What version of PowerpOint are you using? Is it a part of Office 2016, or Office 365 online?

                                          What screen reader are you using in order to read the presentations?

                                          Also, what are the steps to reproduce your problem in detail?

                                          We look forward to assisiting you with your issue; and in the future, if there is anything else we can help you with, please feel free to reach out to us.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          TheMicrosoft Disability Asnwer 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.

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                                            4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            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.

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