Opening Computer and Other Folder Windows from NaturallySpeaking - dummies

Opening Computer and Other Folder Windows from NaturallySpeaking

You can open any folder on your desktop from NaturallySpeaking with the “Start” command. For example, say, “Start My 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 My Computer.”

    The Computer window opens.

  2. Say, “Open 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 the 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.