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Accessible software is usable by as many people as possible, regardless of age, physical ability, or native language.

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Can't open my drive only root access

I can't open the drive with a normal user, only root access. When I click on the 'home' drive, I get an error message: Invalid url: '/media/"user"/home' given, exiting - No':' in the uri .....
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Can't press authenticate button at Authenrication Required. Ubuntu 20.04

Installed Ubuntu 20,started installing all necessary programs and appears Authenrication Required pop-up, a few times it works after I press authenticate button and write password, but from some ...
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ALT+TAB selected app background highlighting contrast nearly undistinguishable from background (dark-gray on black)

Back in the days of 20.04, we managed to get the Yaru designers to improve the contrast of the ALT+TAB task switcher's selected app just in time for the release. 22.04 is out now and it looks like ...
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I'm a mute; how can I use TTS as speech?

This question is about parsing audio data as a microphone input. How do I want to use this? Since I'm a mute, I want to be able to use TTS data, such as: espeak-ng "Hello World" --stdout | ...
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Colour filters other than red (maybe a cheap alternative to precision tinted lenses)

Is this possible? Is there software to have a magenta or turquoise color filter, for example? ( It's an accessibility issue, relevant to irlen syndrome: I see extra shapes around letters and certain ...
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How might single windows be made negative for the purposes of accessibility?

Previously I was able to set single windows to turn to negative colours using CompizConfig Settings Manager. One could enable an accessibility plugin called "Negative" to switch the window ...
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Is it possible to force all audio to mono?

I am deaf in one ear and want Ubuntu to mix both left and right audio channels to mono audio. There is an Accessibility Setting for this in Windows, but I cannot find one in Ubuntu. The only Hearing ...
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21.10 Wayland - Chrome context menu no contrast

My Chrome context menus have very low contrast, which makes it hard to select a context menu items via the keyboard (using the mouse you can see where the pointer is). You can (barely) see in the ...
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can you enable accessibility zoom whith the command line?

Is, there any way for me to use the command line to enable the accessibility zoom or to assign a shortcut for it? or is there a better option to make the screen zoom in and out by pressing a key ...
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check/remove permissions to access laptop camera

I wanted to read a QR code and used an online site. The site asked me permission to use the camera which I granted. I'm now a bit worried, how do I check the permissions and if, necessary, remove them?...
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How do I prevent the program, "magnus," from popping up upon every login?

I am running Ubuntu Studio 21.10 on Kernel Version 5.13.0-2-lowlatency (64-bit);KDE Plasma & Frameworks versions are 5.22.5 and 5.86.0, respectively. Qt is version 5.15.2. The system is AMD w/ 8 ...
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xkbset setting does not persist

I use keys on my keyboard for mouse clicks. For this to work I need to invoke xkbset m This works for a few minutes, then for some reason this setting gets reverted! I have resorted to leaving a ...
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keyboard shortcut to jump to favorited-in-dock application's windows

most window managers (e.g. kde, even windows xp and newer) allows switching applications that are pined to their respective quick launch/dock areas by pressing win+1 for the first icon, win+2 for the ...
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How do I exit keyboard navigation mode?

I'm running Ubuntu 20.04 and I've run into a bit of an issue. I was working on a program I'm writing and I believe I accidentally enabled a keyboard accessibility option. When I try to use my keyboard ...
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Ubuntu 20.04, Kaffeine stop working on TV but w_scan is ok

Nearly at the same time kaffeine TV stopped working on ubuntu 20.04 and raspbian. w_scan works on both, different TV transponders were used. Message in swedish is: Hittade inte en enhet med giltiga ...
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Is there a voice-based keyboard that can be used to type individual keys (instead of words)?

My arm is in a sling. I'm on Windows 10 now and then use speech recognition such as it is to clarify my question. Speech recognition leaves something to be desired no matter what platform you are on. ...
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Accessibility - function keys missing on onscreen keyboard

On the screen keyboard in the Accessibility area (Ubuntu 20.04) there don't seem to be any Function Keys visible. How are these accessed via the screen keyboard? Is there a setting that needs to be ...
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Screen reader support during Ubuntu 20.04 server installation

I'm attempting to install ubuntu server 20.04 in VirtualBox on my Windows 10 host system. I managed to configure VirtualBox such that the virtual machine boots using the .iso file provided on the ...
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ffmpeg can't access file

I have seen this problem several times here or in other forums, usually user could not access the home folder. I have no problem with the home folder, ffmpeg works just fine there. But in my folder on ...
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Terminal based text scaling / How to get rid of accessibility icon in top bar?

Looking for a solution to use text scaling without using the accessibility feature I came across this solution. However, this also uses accessibility, but I want no accessibility icon. How may I ...
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Software for Bluetooth hearing aids

Does anyone have experience with Linux software that works for Bluetooth hearing aids? Lots of hearing aids do have such software. but it's usually only for Apple. And of course the software is ...
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What do I have to do so that the Ubuntu screen reader Orca reads a Java Swing surface

With Java Swing I have developed software that is screen reader compatible. The NVDA screen reader in Windows and the VoiceOver screen reader in MacOS read out the program interface. The Orca screen ...
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Importing accessibility options in recent versions of ubuntu

I'm new to this forum, but without further redo, here's the question: Being blind, I have to use a screen reader, in this case, Orca. Now, everything works wonderfully untill I try to open an electron ...
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How can I signal boost a particularly long standing accessibility bug?

Ever since Ubuntu 19.10, when I turn on the Zoom feature from the accessibility menu, my mouse leaves little square trails running across the screen. 12 others have repro'd this issue, but I suspect ...
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Will the new Flutter-based install wizard support Orca? (screen-reading application) [closed]

Following the announcement of the new Ubuntu installer application based on Google's Flutter, a few of our sight-challenged members (in our Ubuntu CZ/SK community) has raised an important question. ...
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Kubuntu screen magnifier doesn't follow the cursor

I'm a sight impaired and use Kubuntu. I'm really happy with it but have a little problem. When I write a document or an e-mail, I have to use the screen magnifier, and it doesn't follow the cursor ...
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Onscreen keyboard (Onboard) doesn't work on login screen and makes desktop unusable after login

I'm obliged to use the onscreen keyboard (i.e Onboard). I decided to update my PCs to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. However, I'm facing problems with the on-screen keyboard with all of them It's impossible to ...
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How to underline hotkeys on Google Chrome or Chromium right-click menu?

The hotkeys on the Google Chrome right-click menu are not underlined. For example, from the right-click menu, we can press T to open a link in a new tab and we can press V to "save image as" ...
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Repeat Keys settings don't work after reboot in Gnome

I'm not even sure where to start diagnosing this problem, and I'm looking for help. In Settings > Universal Access, in the "Typing" section I have "Repeat Keys" turned on. The ...
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Can I register my own script to gnome accessibility menu?

Let's say I'm on Ubtunu 20.04 and have a custom accessibility script that I can start by running /opt/myTool/activate.sh stop by running /opt/myTool/deactivate.sh. Is there a way to register it to ...
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Accessibility Tweak: How to prevent accidentally selected text from getting replaced when typing?

I'm trying to make my 97 years old grandma's laptop (Ubuntu 20.04) more accessible for her. She is often frustrated because text that she has written vanishes. Disabling the touchpad and using an ...
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Accessibility: Use high offscreen resolution to get better zoom quality? (compiz, gnome-shell)

I'm visually impaired and using Ubuntu 20.04 (Windows was harder to customize) Wondering if it is possible to set a higher than monitor resolution (eg: 4k root window for a 2k display). If I ...
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Is there a way to get mouse cursors bigger than 64x64?

I'm almost blind but I can still use a computer, but I need very huge mouse cursors. I went to Ubuntu for working reasons. After some trials, it seems the biggest size I succeed to display is 64x64 ...
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Screen zoom (accessibility settings) not working, how to fix it?

I recently noticed(Ubuntu 20.4.1 LTS) that my screen zoom function is not working smoothly as it used to under Universal Access Settings. It does turns ON the screen zoom functionality but, it's very &...
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Accesibility features not loaded at startup?

Prior to the latest release, when I started Ubuntu, my accessibility settings would load and appear. Now, when I start Ubuntu, my accessibility settings are toggled on but are not actually working. I ...
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Enable Large Text through Terminal

I need to know how to enable and disable Large Text accessibility feature through the Ubuntu 20.04 Terminal. My desktop is constantly in large text mode (even though the accessibility settings don't ...
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Text-to-speech like Option-Esc in macOS

I'm considering switching over to Ubuntu from macOS at the moment, and the one feature I can't seem to find a replacement for is macOS's Speech tools, in particular the "Speak selected text when ...
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How can I automatically enable large text when logging in to the ubuntu session? [duplicate]

I enabled the large text option in accessibility menu because I have Full-HD screen. The problem is why the setting reverts itself back to "non-large" mode after I restart my PC? It's funny ...
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Can not type most letters on my keyboard into Electron apps

All numbers, punctuation, and special characters work normally. I can type normally in all non-Electron apps, but Discord, VSCode and Signal Desktop don't allow me to type anything except "f,w,j,...
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Kubuntu Bounce Keys Personalization, Universal Access

I run kubuntu and I'm trying to make some tweaks to adapt it to my needs. I have a mechanic keyboard that has a chattering problem. In windows I was able to set the delay of bounce keys to 20ms, so ...
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File system for intermediary data storage between Linux and Windows

What is the best file system for intermediary data storage between Linux and Windows that requires no or the least overhead cost of remap, mount etc?
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Are there any keyboard dictation options comparable to FN+FN on MacOS for Ubuntu?

I'm currently trying to get someone with Dyslexia to try using Ubuntu as a main OS. They're used to the keyboard dictation option available on MacOS that allows you to type anywhere with your mic by ...
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Does an extension or option exist to replicate the "shake mouse to find pointer" in Gnome 3? [duplicate]

Every now and then I fail to track my mouse pointer on a large screen resp. multi monitor setup. MacOS has this nice feature to grow the mouse pointer when shaking the mouse for a bit. Is there any ...
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What is happening when I type ctrl+shift+e, then type and underlined text appears? [duplicate]

In Ubuntu 20.04, if I type ctrl+shift+e, then start typing in any app (terminal, browser, whatever), underlined text appears. It could even be in gedit. There are no spaces in what appears, and if I ...
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minidlna start. It is working, but I don't get any data. (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)

I cannot find any solution. Output of journalctl: mei 21 11:33:30 tvnr systemd[1]: Starting LSB: minidlna server... mei 21 11:33:31 tvnr systemd[1]: Started LSB: minidlna server. Output of service ...
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VLC seems to ignore the "cursor size" setting in Universal Access

Ubuntu 20.04LTS, VLC 3.0.10. I have set "Large" for the mouse cursor size, and I have not experience this problem with other applications but only on VLC, the cursor becomes really small. It seems to ...
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Orca does not seem to read most screen elements on my system

I have fired up orca for the first time, and it seems to only read the titles of windows and tabs, or sometimes the first element on the window, but not anything else on the window. When I go into ...
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No "file"? access to windows network

Did a clean install of ubuntu 20.04. Then caja - Browse network - finding NAS - open NAS - every file is displayed as an empty folder. Did a clean install of LinuxMint(yes yes i know) Did them same, ...
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Accessibility: Shortcuts for color inversion + mousewheel for zoom

I have been using macOS for the longest part of my live, simply because it had much better accessibility options than either Linux or Windows XP at that time - and even going forward, it took until ...
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On-screen keyboard for Kubuntu?

It seems that the only available option is matchbox-keyboard, but it's pretty useless without the ability to change the font size of the labels. I'll nice for a change and not post my opinion of its ...
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