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Screen reading software like "JAWS for Windows", "System Access", fail to provide Text to Speech feedback, for tool windows in the Visual Studio IDE. Windows and tabs with themed scrollbars may not be read by some accessibility software.
This is a known issue with the Visual Studio 2012 IDE. The Visual Studio 2012 scrollbars are themed by default, to ensure scrollbar styles do not inherit from the system but match the new Visual Studio UI themes. The underlying technology used for theming scrollbars may cause problems from some accessibility tools.
Users affected by this issue can work around it by running the following command from a Windows Command Prompt:
reg ADD HKCU\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0\General /v SuppressThemedScrollbars /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /fThis command will add a registry key value that will turn off themed scrollbars in Visual Studio.
To remove the above workaround and re-enable Themed Scrollbars, run the following command:
reg delete HKCU\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0\General /v SuppressThemedScrollbars /f
Note, Visual Studio will need to be restarted after running either of the above commands.
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Article ID: 2854367 - Last Review: June 14, 2013 - Revision: 2.0