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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.

    6 votes

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  2. 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…

    4 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.

  3. Narrator

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

    4 votes

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  4. 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

    6 votes

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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.

  5. Add a greater range of dwell times for the onscreen keyboard to increase speed

    I type with a combination of a trackball and onscreen keyboard. However, I have to use a third party keyboard (which could go away at any time) because the dwell time on the Windows keyboard is excruciatingly slow even on the fastest (.5 s) setting. On the third party keyboard I can type almost instantly with a dwell time of 200 or 300 ms. Why not refine the range of dwell times?

    8 votes

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    Hi Amy,

    Thank you for contacting us at the Disability Answer Desk. This is a very interesting issue. However to help you further, we need further information regaring the third party software yo are using, on what oporating system, and application or applications you may be using as well.

    Than you for reaching out to us, and we’ll do whatever possible to resolve your situation.

    Sincerely,

    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

  6. Add how-to's on your PowerPoint support pages for math and animation accessibility

    At work we're picking up bits and pieces all over the web about the best way to make PowerPoints accessible-- specifically for math, tables and animations. We're currently getting some info from MathType/Design Science but this could be on the support pages. We're finding that
    - MathML is good BUT
    - there's an option to add alt text, some users are requesting it, others are saying it shouldn't be added to the Math OLE (turns out it seems to depend on screen reader)
    - Animations where a user action adds more bits of math to a single slide-- can't consistently…

    11 votes

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    Hello Mallory,

    This is a very good idea, and thank you so much for breaking down the details of what you’re looking for in reference to this issue. That helps us a great deal in investigating how we can make that feature more accessible.

    We’ll do some more research to see how these solutions can be implemented and will get back to you with follow-up details as they become available.

    Again, thank you for reaching out to us; and if in the future we can be of further assistance, please let us know.

    Sincerely,

    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

  7. Have narrator Say end of list when rotating through the taskbar.

    Have narrator Say end of list when rotating through the taskbar.

    4 votes

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  8. 7 votes

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  9. 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.

    6 votes

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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.

  10. Add a command or toggle to disable Narrator speech and sounds.

    There needs to be a way to disable Narrator speech and/or sounds. This is especially true now that we have braille support. Currently, I have to mute the entire system to have a silent braille experience.

    9 votes

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  11. enable narrator to work with echoing text that has been dictated

    Make narrator echo back dictated text using Windows speech Recognition so that blind people who have limited use of their hands can take advantage of both features.

    19 votes

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  12. The scan mode ought to switch on or off automatically depending on input field, e.g. switching off scan mode when encountering editable fiel

    The scan mode ought to switch on or off automatically depending on input field, e.g. switching off scan mode when encountering editable field. I prefer Narrator handling web pages as is handled by System Access screen reader.

    8 votes

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  13. Please provide tips on using Pivot tables in Excel with screen readers. Pivot tables are one of the most powerful features in Excel.

    Pivot tables provide a superb feature set for analyzing data without having to develop complex formulae involving many ranges of data. I use a screen reader and am just starting to learn about them and am finding them wonderful, fascinating, and extremely useful. Sadly, screen reader vendors provide no information on pivot table use, and I believe that their lack of use by blind individuals stems from the fact that blind people don't learn about them, so they are never used. I think Microsoft has a wonderful opportunity here to expose information about one of the unsung heroes of Excel,…

    8 votes

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    Hello,

    Thank you for reaching out to us about this issue. Another unother user has approached us about this very same situation, and we are having our engineering teams look into this.

    Thank you for contacting us, and if there is anything else that we can be assistance with in the future, don’t hesitate to let us know.

    Sincerely,

    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

  14. 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.

    4 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.

  15. 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.

    4 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.

  16. 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.

    4 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.

  17. 4 votes

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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.

  18. 9 votes

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    Hello Matt,

    Thank you for contacting us about your suggestion. In a way that makes sense to have a screen curtain for your Android device like the one that is found in Apple products.

    I’ve submitted your feature request to one of our Product Managers for further review. we’ll post updates here as soon as further details become available.

    In the meantime, one thing you can do is dim your screen all the way down as that would make it harder for others to read – especially at an angle.

    Again, thank you for contacting us about this, and we will endeavor to resolve all issues that are raised.

    Sincerely,

    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk.

  19. introduce high contrast theme for outlook.com for message list fonts

    the outlook.com themes only change highlight colour
    light grey text on white is illegible

    10 votes

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    Hello,

    Thank you for contacting us via the User Voice forum. This is something that we’ve already been made aware of as a desired feature. Therefore, I’m in communication with the product managers to see when this may be implemented. Once I have clear information on this, I’ll post a follow up comment on this topic.

    Again, thank you for contacting the Microsoft Disability Help Desk.

  20. Add the ability for Narrator to automatically read the contents of dialogue boxes and notifications from Action Center.

    When a dialogue box opens, Narrator only reads the first control that gains focus. While it's possible to use the Narrator cursor to read the text in the dialogue, I would like an option to specify whether Narrator automatically reads the contents of these dialogues when they appear. Along the same lines, I'd also like to see automatic reading of notifications when they are received. Currently, I hear a little **** sound when something new pops up. I have to go into the action center and manually view the alert. It would be nice to be told what the notification…

    13 votes

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