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Open Computer and Other Windows with NaturallySpeaking

You can open any folder on your desktop with the Start command. For example, say, “Start Computer,” or, more generally, “Start <folder name>.” In this example, the Computer folder opens in a window, just as if you had double-clicked its icon on your desktop.

After a folder window is open, you can select any visible object inside the window by saying the object's name. You can then work on the object by using the menus. For example, open the Control Panel folder as follows:

  1. Say, “Start Computer.”

    The Computer window opens.

  2. Say, “Control Panel.”

    The Control Panel folder is selected.

  3. Say, “<name of icon>.”

After you have a folder window open, you can use the subcommands from its menu. You can also drag and drop within a folder window or from one window to another. Unfortunately, no direct way exists to use the toolbar buttons other than to maneuver the mouse pointer over one and say, “Click.”

The toolbar buttons in Computer or Windows Explorer have keyboard and menu equivalents that you can access by voice. You can duplicate the toolbar button functions with the keyboard and menu commands shown in this table.

Voice Commands for Toolbar Button Functions
Toolbar Button Voice Menu Command Voice Key Combination
Back Click Go, Back Press Alt Left Arrow
Forward Click Go, Forward Press Alt Right Arrow
Up Click Go, Up One Level Press Backspace
Cut* Click Edit, Cut Press Control X
Copy* Click Edit, Copy Press Control C
Paste* Click Edit, Paste Press Control V
Undo Click Edit, Undo Press Control Z
Delete* Click File, Delete Press Delete
Properties* Click File, Properties <none>*
Views* Click View Press Alt V
Commands marked with an asterisk (*) are also on the right-click menu.
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