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  1. 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.

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  2. 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…

    6 votes
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    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.

  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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.

    10 votes
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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. 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.

    5 votes
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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.

  7. 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.

    3 votes
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  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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  11. Narrator

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

    3 votes
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  12. 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.

    5 votes
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  13. 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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  14. 6 votes
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  15. 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.

  16. 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.

    3 votes
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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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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/largerwmbrw/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…

    21 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.

  20. 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.

    3 votes
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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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