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  1. Add the ability to select a sound output device for Narrator

    I would like the ability to send Narrator audio to a different sound device. For example, I could keep all my system audio coming through my laptop internal speakers but send Narrator speech and sounds to a USB headset or vice versa. In Narrator settings, there would be a screen that lists all the detected sound output devices. Selecting one of them would immediately cause Narrator to switch from the default Windows audio output device to the selected device.

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    • Enable users to resize the content and IM windows in Skype for Business.

      I am frequently challenged to read things which are being presented. I'm always trying to zoom in before I remember that zoom doesn't exist in Skype.
      Maximizing the window or collapsing the message window doesn't help, since so much of the screen real estate is devoted to other elements. And I usually don't want to collapse the IM window altogether, just change the proportions so I can see everything.

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

        Hello Molly,

        I’m not sure exactly what you are referring to as it appears you are aking about resizing text in the IM window. This is easy to do.

        1. First in the Skype session, click on the IM icon at the lower left of the screen.
        2. At the lower-right hand side of the window, click the icon that looks like “…”.
        3. From the menue that appears, select, “IM Text Size”.
        4. There you can select the percentage of size of text to display in the IM window.

        With regard to the other isue, are your referring to zooming inon a shared screen or destop? If not, can you give us the exact scenario that is cuasting the difficulty?

        Thank you for contacting us, andif there is anything further we can do for you, please feel free to reach out to us.

        Sincerely,

        The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk…

      • 6 votes
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        • Make the language setting that is used to spellcheck documents also tell screen readers in which language to pronounce the text.

          In HTML, you can add "lang" attributes to pages and to individual chunks of text. This, among other things, tells screen readers in which language they should pronounce the words (as long as the user has the appropriate voice profiles installed).

          In Microsoft products such as PowerPoint, however, screen readers (JAWS, NVDA, Window Eyes) read the content in English no matter the language you set words to via the language settings. This makes it very difficult to use Microsoft documents to accompany language classes--where we switch between the target language and the native language often, to include adopted phrases such…

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          • Offer buyers of Windows 10 S that can prove Disability to obtain Windows 10 Pro for free is so desired.

            As mentioned in the piece https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2017/05/18/empowering-more-accessible-inclusive-world/#sm.00001ra7hqt1hem8w161b0uoc87im this offer is for apps that aren't in the store. This should not be limited to such apps, especially on the Surface Laptop that is estimated retail of $999.

            5 votes
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            • Make outlook calendar zoom work for text

              The zoom feature does not do anything useful in the Outlook Calendar in Outlook 2016 desktop. It does not make the text larger like it does in every other application.

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              • Ability to change background colour in Office 2016

                Office themes can be personalised in the options menu, however the background behind the pages or slides cannot be changed from the defaults of each theme. Being visually impaired I like a contrast between the white pages/slides and the background colour. I liked the silver in 2010, but in Office 2016 only the colourful office theme has the background colour I want, but I don't like the colourful theme at the top. Can you allow for more options to change just the background colour of Office apps so that the best contrast can be chosen.

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                  Hello,

                  Thank yo for contacting us with this suggestion. We weill look into this and give you updates as to where we are in the process of possible implimentation and when it’s avaialable.

                  If you have further questions, issues, or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to us.

                  Sincerely,

                  The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                • Bring back sfc/scannow

                  Why did Microsoft take away sfc/scannow for windows 10. They shouldn't have for sure! Now there is no way to fix windows reliably using accessibility. The current DISM command is long and pretty much impossible to remember. Now, the only way to fix windows if it is corrupt is to download an ISO of windows and hope you can get a sighted person to run a windows repair for you on your system. Thanks.

                  4 votes
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                  • 5 votes
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                    • Make Narrator key command shortcuts far more logical!

                      In fear of being a bit harsh, though I don't mean to be at all, I must say... the keyboard shortcut keys for using Narrator in Windows 10 1703 Creaters Edition are an absolute mess! I looked at the commands list with capslock+F1, and was lost almost immediately.

                      It appears that there are no logical mkneumonics for remembering any of the keystrokes. They seem quite random with no explanation of how Microsoft determined that these would be the appropriate keys to use.

                      I understand that one may create their own shortcuts, or remap the ones already there, but that's not…

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                      • put an option to select and copy text from the web using narrator

                        other screen readers give you the option to select and copy text while you're browsing on a webpage. i think narrator should also include this featuree so that it becomes a fully featured screen reader.

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                        • 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.

                          3 votes
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                          • allow screen reader audio to be passed through skype for business

                            We have a use case where we have geographically dispersed teams working on websites with developers in one site and accessibility staff in another.
                            We currently use skype for business for screen sharing has largely been successful however the accessibility team is wondering if SfB can pass through screen reader audio to the remote end (developers) in order for the developers to experience what the accessibility team does when using a screen reader – explaining the behavior of the screen readers would be much easier if the screen readers audio is passed through.

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                            • Add keyboard shortcuts for the Snipping Tool

                              The Snipping Tool is horribly inconvenient for anyone who does a lot of screen capture/paste (not PrintScreen) because it has no keyboard shortcuts. Lots of hand-eye coordination and mouse clicks required just to initiate a snip. Please bring back keyboard shortcuts.

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                                Hello Molly,

                                This is a very goos suggestion. We’ll forward this on to our product managers and see if we can get this implimented for you. We’ll also keep you up to date with any developments.

                                If there is anything else we can do for you, please feel free to reach out to us.

                                Sincerely,

                                The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                              • 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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                                    Hello,

                                    Thank you for contacting us with your feature request. we are currently investigating on how to impliment this and will keep you up to date as far as the progress made.

                                    Thank you for contacting us, and if there is anything further we can do, please feel free to reach out to us.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk tearm.

                                  • 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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                                    • Narrator doesn't reliably show new page content in edge

                                      When following a link or searching from the address bar, Narrator doesn't always position me on the web page. Sometimes it shows the toolbar with open reading view and other controls, and other times it will say the page title and custom repeatedly. This is with scan mode on and I have to tab into the page content to be able to cursor through it again. It also will say "Command unavailable" at times as well. This doesn't seem to be restricted to certain sites as far as I can tell.

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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.

                                      • 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.

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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.

                                        • 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.

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