Switch between Windows with NaturallySpeaking - dummies

Switch between Windows with NaturallySpeaking

By Stephanie Diamond

If you have several application windows active on your desktop, you can switch from one to another just by saying so. You can do this in five ways:

  • If the window represents an application or a folder, you can call it by the name of the application or the folder. For example, say, “Switch To Word” or “Switch To Documents.” (Windows Explorer is an exception. Switch to an open Windows Explorer window by saying, “Switch To Exploring.”)

  • Return to the previously active window by saying, “Switch To Previous Window.” This command is equivalent to pressing Alt+Tab. Repeating this command several times switches back and forth between two windows.

  • Cycle through all the active windows (even the ones that are minimized) by repeating, “Switch To Next Window.” This command is equivalent to pressing Shift+Alt+Tab on the keyboard.

  • If the name of a document appears on the title bar, you can use the name of that document in a Switch To command. For example, if you’re using Microsoft Word to edit a document called My Diary, the title bar of the window says “Microsoft Word — My Diary.”

    The block on the taskbar corresponding to this window says the same thing, though the block may not be large enough to accommodate the full title. Switch to this window by saying, “Switch To Word” or “Switch To My Diary.”

  • You can use the List Programs or List All Windows command. For example, you can say, “List Open Windows,” and a list of the programs that are open on your desktop appears. Just select the program you want by choosing the number shown in the window.