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Narrator Accessibility Tool in Windows 2000 Does Not Read Drop-down Text Box Correctly

Article ID: 250757

Article Last Modified on 3/1/2007


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Microsoft Narrator, an accessibility tool running on Windows 2000 that reads aloud information on your screen, including dialog box names, menus, and contents, may not identify field titles or menu items correctly.

For example, the Narrator may make the following errors when reading text in a dialog box option that includes a text box with an attached list box:

  • The Narrator reads the Sort By drop-down list as "Combobox invisible combobox."
  • When you sort by Name or Size, the Narrator reads these options as "Question mark, <unintelligible>, list item."


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Narrator tool.

For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

252435 Overview of the Narrator Accessibility Tool

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