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  1. Excel border styles not accessible via ribbon

    In Excel (2016), press:

    1. alt+h (home ribbon)
    2. b (borders)
    3. y (line style)

    This opens a sub-menu showing the different kind of border styles which is not accessible to screen readers (Narrator and NVDA).

    In the Border page of the format cells dialog, the list of these styles is also available, and in this location, each style is identified (dashed, thick, thin etc) using screen readers.

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      Hi Quentin,

      Can you update your O365 Office 2016 to the latest that came out in October? This is build 16.0.7369.xxxx.

      Narrator does not have a separate version than the Windows version you mentioned.

      I am unable to reproduce your issue with Narrator when reading the different line styles.

      I only have 14 items in my list beginning with

      • none
      • Thin
      • hair
      • Dotted

      Let me know if the update makes a difference.

    • Make speech recognition (and cortana?) be able to work with different language than default windows....

      Apparently, speech recognition wont work if I have a default windows language other than the supported ones. I cannot have for example Swedish as default windows language and speak English US with speech recognition..... I hope you fix this asap.....:-)

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      • not Disabled

        Just because someone where's glasses that dose not make the Disabled

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        • True No Disability here

          I use the magnifier Because I am farsighted

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          • 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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            • 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.

              15 votes
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              • Put a chat on line

                a chat online to solve problems inmediately

                9 votes
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                • 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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                  • 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.

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                    • 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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                      • Create new Outlook rule action to "Show an envelope icon in the taskbar" for individual mailbox accounts

                        Please create new Outlook rule action option to "Show an envelope icon in the taskbar" for individual mailbox accounts.

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                        • 6 votes
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                            Hello Kay,

                            Thank you for reaching out to us with your suggestion. In order to help you further, we would like some more specifics as to what you looking for. As you may no, with Word and PowerPoint, that there are ribbons that are dedicated to shapes. Now there is a way to set up macros that will produce the same effct of what you’re generally looking for. However, I’m gathering that this would be too cumbersome. So is it safe to assume that you’re looking for actual hardware to handle this functionality? If that’s the case, can you give us more specifics as to what the dificulties you’re encountering are and what you want to see, so we can investigate this further?

                            Again, thank you for reaching out to us with your suggestion. It’s our mission to help those with verious disabilities to access our products with greater ease…

                          • Make the Narrator keyboard commands mimic two of the most popular screen readers JAWS or NVDA. This would make it easier to switch between t

                            Make the Narrator keyboard commands mimic two of the most popular screen readers JAWS or NVDA. This would make it easier to switch between the different screen readers. Narrator is starting to show some potential but as it becomes more useful it may be too difficult to use if the commands are to difficult to remember.

                            14 votes
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                            • 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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                              • 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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                                • 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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                                  • The Alarms & Clock app

                                    The Alarms & Clock app should be immediately familiar if you’ve ever used a smartphone. It allows you to set alarms, use a world clock, and has a timer and stopwatch functionality integrated. It goes without saying that this universal app would probably be most useful on a smartphone or smaller tablet, but it’s still available and included on the desktop.

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                                    • 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…

                                      12 votes
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                                      • give me a live voice to talk with

                                        i need to talk to a person not a machine

                                        4 votes
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                                        • 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

                                          6 votes
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