moderated letter navigation in a file list


John J. Fioravanti, Jr.
 

                Good morning:

For some reason, when I look at a list of my files in a folder and type3 letters such as OBJ to find a file beginning with the word objection, jaws is only navigating to the first letter, (o).  So I have to go through all my files beginning with (O) to find the file. Is there any way to fix this?

 

Thanks.


Zel Iscel
 

Hi John,

 

I find I have to type the first 2 or 3 letters really quickly to get closer to what I’m looking for.

Hope that helps.

Cheers

Zel

 

 

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Sent: Wednesday, 31 August 2022 5:58 PM
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Subject: letter navigation in a file list

 

                Good morning:

For some reason, when I look at a list of my files in a folder and type3 letters such as OBJ to find a file beginning with the word objection, jaws is only navigating to the first letter, (o).  So I have to go through all my files beginning with (O) to find the file. Is there any way to fix this?

 

Thanks.


Gene Warner
 

I don't have a solution for you but this could be an issue with Windows instead of JAWS. I say this only because I have always been able to search for files using multiple letters. And ultimately it is Windows, not JAWS, that is doing the search.

One thing that just came to mind, for Windows to do multiple character searches, you need to type the letters or characters close enough to each other for them to be used that way. Wait too long between letters and Windows will treat them as the first letter of a search. I don't know what the actual time out is, but generally if I type the letters within a second of each other they are used as subsequent letters of the same search.

Gene...

On 8/31/2022 5:57 AM, John J. Fioravanti, Jr. wrote:
                Good morning:
For some reason, when I look at a list of my files in a folder and type3 letters such as OBJ to find a file beginning with the word objection, jaws is only navigating to the first letter, (o).  So I have to go through all my files beginning with (O) to find the file. Is there any way to fix this?
Thanks.


Adrian Spratt
 

I’m guessing you type those three letters fast. In that case, which program are you using when you encounter this problem? I recall having done so in the past inside specific programs, although right now I can’t remember which ones.

 

 

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From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of John J. Fioravanti, Jr.
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2022 5:58 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: letter navigation in a file list

 

                Good morning:

For some reason, when I look at a list of my files in a folder and type3 letters such as OBJ to find a file beginning with the word objection, jaws is only navigating to the first letter, (o).  So I have to go through all my files beginning with (O) to find the file. Is there any way to fix this?

 

Thanks.


 

On Wed, Aug 31, 2022 at 07:37 AM, Zel Iscel wrote:
I find I have to type the first 2 or 3 letters really quickly to get closer to what I’m looking for.
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Same here.  Depending on the letter combinations my typing speed will sometimes only allow me to manage two before I've already paused too long.

The phrase, "First letter nav," gets used a lot because that's what's done the vast majority of the time.  But, "First letters (plural) nav," is actually supported if you are a fast enough typist.  Most touch typists can manage at least 2 letters fast enough, sometimes 3.  But even narrowing to the first 2 letters of a clump of file names can be helpful.

Personally, I'd either use the File Explorer search function to limit the files shown first or, in those instances where I know the file name (or part of a file name, plus its extension) is (are) unique, it's way easier to find it using something such as the Everything Search tool.
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Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete.  If you’re alive, it isn’t.
     ~ Lauren Bacall


Karen Reynolds
 

Hi,

I tried it in the past and couldn’t get it to work for some things. I just tried again in my documents folder and it works. I typed the letters really fast, and only 3.

 

Karen

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of John J. Fioravanti, Jr.
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2022 5:58 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: letter navigation in a file list

 

                Good morning:

For some reason, when I look at a list of my files in a folder and type3 letters such as OBJ to find a file beginning with the word objection, jaws is only navigating to the first letter, (o).  So I have to go through all my files beginning with (O) to find the file. Is there any way to fix this?

 

Thanks.


Gene Warner
 

A bit off topic here but I just couldn't resist saying that I love hearing that other people have discovered this wonderful little tool called Everything. I liked it so much that I used Winaero Tweaker to reassign the search key on my Microsoft keyboard 4000 to launch Everything instead of invoking Windows search. I just wish the reassignment worked everywhere. I don't recall them now but some programs override my reassignment with their own.

Gene...

On 8/31/2022 10:16 AM, Brian Vogel wrote:
On Wed, Aug 31, 2022 at 07:37 AM, Zel Iscel wrote:
I find I have to type the first 2 or 3 letters really quickly to get
closer to what I’m looking for.
-
Same here.  Depending on the letter combinations my typing speed will sometimes only allow me to manage two before I've already paused too long.
The phrase, "First letter nav," gets used a lot because that's what's done the vast majority of the time.  But, "First letters (plural) nav," is actually supported if you are a fast enough typist.  Most touch typists can manage at least 2 letters fast enough, sometimes 3.  But even narrowing to the first 2 letters of a clump of file names can be helpful.
Personally, I'd either use the File Explorer search function to limit the files shown first or, in those instances where I know the file name (or part of a file name, plus its extension) is (are) unique, it's way easier to find it using something such as the Everything Search <https://voidtools.com> tool.
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Brian -Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044
*Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete. If you’re alive, it isn’t.
*     ~ Lauren Bacall


Gene Warner
 

I took typing as an elective in 8th grade because I knew by then that whatever career I chose to go into, computers would be central to it. So I am a pretty fast typist so I rarely have trouble getting three letters into the search, but I find that 99% of the time that that is enough.

Gene...

On 8/31/2022 10:37 AM, Karen Reynolds wrote:
Hi,
I tried it in the past and couldn’t get it to work for some things. I just tried again in my documents folder and it works. I typed the letters really fast, and only 3.
Karen
*From:* main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> *On Behalf Of *John J. Fioravanti, Jr.
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*Subject:* letter navigation in a file list
                Good morning:
For some reason, when I look at a list of my files in a folder and type3 letters such as OBJ to find a file beginning with the word objection, jaws is only navigating to the first letter, (o).  So I have to go through all my files beginning with (O) to find the file. Is there any way to fix this?
Thanks.