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  1. Label the search box in the Windows 10 store

    When navigating the Windows 10 store with any screen reader, the search box is unlabeled and only appears as an unlabeled button. Once activated, the button expands to a text area which text can be typed into to perform the user's search query. Can this search box not be correctly labeled, and classed as a standard edit control type rather than a non-standard, unlabeled button? I get that one can press CTRL+E, as in echo, to reach the edit field, but that's not an excuse to override good accessibility habbits as well.

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    • allow for some kind of visual cue when a phone rings

      When my phone rings at work i need some kind of visual cue on my screen, does a setting already exist or would something new need to be instated.

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      • Add Accessibility Options to Microsoft Outlook App for iOS

        It is difficult to see the gray text/icons on a white background. Please increase the text clarity and allow Users to increase font sizes based on phone's accessibility settings. Also, a Dark mode would be nice too for increased contrast.

        3 votes
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        • Make the "Microsoft Virtual Academy" more friendly to screen reader users

          Currently trying to take the virtual academy course in PowerShell. Tried IE, FireFox, Edge and Chrome; Chrome works the best. Tried NVDA, Narrator and JAWS; JAWS works the best. The control-semicolon keystroke does bring up an accessible view of the slide presentation. But after the first video for the first lesson is done playing (around an hour) there is no play button. I've toggled autoplay on and off, and have gone through the slides and the table of contents. I've pressed ENTER on different items in the contents; nothing plays. I guess the play button is some inaccessible graphic an/or…

          4 votes
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          • eye gaze to control my wheelchair

            how can I sign up to be a tester of the eye gaze technology that allows me to control my wheelchair with my eyes.

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            • Create a top level domain for the Accessibility Community forums.

              It took me forever and a day to find the URL to these accessibility forums. When I called the Accessibility Helpdesk, the lady didn't have even the slightest inkling of an idea what I was talking about. She barely spoke english, and was inevitably reading from a script put in front of her little nose. I"m not aposed to outsourcing people overseas to do tech support work, and that's not the point of this post, so no one flame me here. All I'm saying is, it took her about 10 minutes just to find the link to these forums, and…

              7 votes
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                Hi Chris,

                Thank you for contating us about this issue. We’ll get in touch with the forum developers to see if we can make this easier to navigate to it. We’ll relay information as it becomes available.

                Thank you for contacting us about this issue.

                Sincerely,

                The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

              • Add the ability to adjust Windows Magnifier zoom level with the scroll wheel.

                When reading text on screen I am typically zoomed in 500%-700% magnification in full screen mode filling the screen with 3-5 lines of text at a time, this means any images, buttons, or other GUI elements are so enlarged that it is hard to understand what they are or how to interact with them. If I am reading a news article on a webpage and I see that there is an image, I will need to zoom out to understand what the image is. To do this I have to do the following.

                1 Remove my right hand from the…

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

                  Hello,

                  Thank you for the detailed description of the enhancement you are looking for. In reproducing this scenario, it merits the attention of our product engineering team. This may already be in the works as simular suggestions have been made, so it is possible that a solution may be soon implemented and released. Nonetheless, your comments will be forwarded. We’ll also let you know when further information pertaining to this becomes available.

                  Thank you for contacting us, and in the future, f there’s something additional we can provide with regards to accessibility, please feel free to reach out to us.

                  Sincerely,

                  The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk Team.

                • Windows 10 should have built in access for switch interface users

                  macOS, iOS, and Android have had this for a long time.

                  5 votes
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                    Hllo C. A.

                    We did some research and came up with the following:

                    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Accessibility/windows – doesn’t have anything directly about switch interface devices, but the AT link lists Tobii Dynavox as a product that has application compatibility with Windows 10.

                    Currently we are working to ensure third party assistive technology partners are fully supported on Windows 10.

                    If you have a device you prefer to use, let us know and we can work with that partner on any functionality issues you find.

                    Thank you for contacting us, and if there’s something else that you need, please feel free to reach out to us.

                    Sincerely,

                    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                  • Speak Selected Text

                    Make option to right-click on selected text and convert to an audio file that includes .mp3 as an option in addition to reading it out loud. Thank you,

                    3 votes
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                    • Changing braille display drivers needs to be more intuitive, if needed at all to start with.

                      When I tried adding my Freedomscientific braille display to be used with Narrator, I followed the directions in Narrator's user guide chapter 7:

                      https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4004263/windows-10-narrator-using-with-braille

                      In this article, after updating the driver through Device Manager, it states in step 7:

                      Choose the driver that begins with LibUSB-Win32 from the list on the following page and select Next to install the driver.

                      I don't see a "next page" to be able to select this. After doing all steps up to step 7, I'm then returned to my device manager, and placed back under the Freedomscientific USB node which still is expanded with…

                      6 votes
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                      • Close Narrator automatically when starting another screen reader

                        When installing another antivirus product, Windows Defender deactivates itself. Since having two or more screen readers running at the same time impacts negatively on performance and keyboard usability, Narrator should also close and deactivate itself automatically when it detects that the user started another screen reader and configured one to start automatically, before and/or after logon, on the Ease of Access Control Panel applet.
                        This would prevent situations like the following:
                        1. When upgrading to new Insider Preview builds, if the user left Narrator turned on to watch the installation progress, it starts automatically after logging on, even when the…

                        3 votes
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                        • 8 votes
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                            18 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Hi Pete,

                            Thank you for bringing this to our attention. the fn key should behave exactly like CTRL, Shift, or ALT. I’ll forward this to the appropriate development team for resolution to this. Once this is fixed, we’ll let you know.

                            Again, 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.

                          • Accessible Microsoft Modern Keyboard

                            Being visually impaired, I struggle to see the text on a normal keyboard. The new Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID looks like a good keyboard, but would your product team consider making an accessible version of it? A "Microsoft Modern Accessible Keyboard with Fingerprint ID" featuring larger keyboard text size would definitely be something I would consider buying. A black finish version with the larger text size (in white) on black keys would also provide a more contrasting colour version as well, making finding keys easier for those with visual impairments.

                            4 votes
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                            • To forefront the nature of technology being psychological ethical

                              Dear Madam or Sir,

                              My name is Gabriel Brodowski, I've made a few sites in my time, non have ever really taken off but the first I ever made was a games directory, it didn't break the schools policy on having games embedded in it so it actually didn't do too bad at my school. I'm from Weymouth, Dorset and it's a seaside town where the seagulls get well fed and the dock workers get well drunk.

                              I’m petitioning for you sincerely to read my written thoughts:

                              Technology, it’s brilliant! I am infatuated and dependent on social media and other…

                              3 votes
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                              • Actually Let People Talk To Customer Service Without 490k Steps

                                I think it's pretty self explanatory. Stop making it so hard for people to use your products. Stop making it even harder for people to contact you, who already can't use products they purchased from you.

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                                • Add a volume slider for SAPI in the Speech Control Panel

                                  When selecting the default system voice from the Control Panel, it is not possible to set the volume of the voice. The only things I can do are select a different sound output device or change the speech rate. Please add a volume control so that I can adjust SAPI to a comfortable volume level. This would be especially useful when I'm using programs that provide little or no control over SAPI attributes and only use the default system voice.

                                  3 votes
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                                  • i need to change the common notification sound for all the apps?

                                    add ability to change notification sound and add custom sounds in my Apps.

                                    4 votes
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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…

                                      5 votes
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                                      • Does Windows 10 have a screen curtain shortcut for blind users?

                                        Apple has had a screen reader command for many years. It allows blind users to have a blank monitor or screen so that they can work on documents in a public setting and not have others reading what they are typing. It also allows low vision users who are sensitive to light to turn the display off. Would be great if Microsoft had this feature as a shortcut.

                                        3 votes
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                                        • Restore the Improve Text, Font Size functions in the display settings

                                          I am visually impaired and suffer from Macular Degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Dell Computer had me reload my windows operation system yesterday in order to correct a problem that was using 99% to 100% of my disk drive, slowing down my computer and causing continual freezes. I was using Window Home version 1607. One the reload of the Window was complete I was using Windows version 1703.

                                          This version eliminates certain text enhancements I used to better be able to read text. It made text darker and increased the font size and allowed me to bold menu and tools fonts,…

                                          7 votes
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                                            Hi Rick,

                                            We’ve seen many request like this cross our forum. This is something that is in work. we’ll follow up with the product team to see if we can get any specifics with regards to bringing that back.

                                            Thank you fo contacting us, and if there’s something else we can do for you, please feel free to reach out.

                                            Sincerely,

                                            The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

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