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Dragon NaturallySpeaking: how to search for a file in Windows Explorer

One of the most common operations that I usually do is to look up a file in a particular folder in Windows Explorer. Unfortunately, Dragon NaturallySpeaking does not provide any quick way to achieve this and therefore I had to rely on the fallback mechanism of using Windows shortcuts and then experimenting with tabs to cycle between the various panes. So this is how I search for a file.


  1. Say start Windows Explorer to launch the application.
  2. Then go to the particular folder where you want the file to be searched. If the folder is visible, you can try saying the name of the folder. This does not work well if there are multiple folders which shares some part of their names with each other. I have not yet found a workaround for this.
  3. Then say Ctrl + E which is the shortcut to go to the search box in Windows Explorer
  4. Then type the name or part of the name of the file that you want to search for
  5. once the search is completed and it shows a list of results, you can get to the list by saying tab 3. This will highlight the first entry in the search results . From, there you can scroll up and down and once a particular file is highlighted, you can say press enter in order to view the file.

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