acantor Posted March 20, 2021 Report Share Posted March 20, 2021 One of my clients is a tech-savvy blind guy. He accesses his computer via JAWS, a screen reader application. A screen reader is software, driven by pressing keys, that reads screen content out loud. He uses the Windows File Explorer to manage his folders and files. He has set File Explorer to always be in "Details" view. When configured this way, he can easily read the names of all documents and folders contained in a folder, the last date a file or folder was modified, and the file type: Although he needs to keep track of the sizes of files and folders, File Explorer only shows the size of files. It does not show the size of folders. (See red box, above.) The reason: performance. If folder sizes were displayed, every time a user navigates through a folder structure, Windows would need to scan subfolders and files, record the sizes of every object, and sum them. This would require significant processor overhead. The way to obtain the size of a folder is to open its "Properties" window. When Properties opens, Windows starts scanning the folder. On my computer, it takes nine or ten seconds to calculate the size of a folder that contains many subfolders and files. The Properties window is challenging to navigate with a screen reader. Why? The short explanation is that it's not possible to reach the "Size" field by pressing the Tab key. (It can be done, but requires more work.) The challenge: Use Macro Express to write a hotkey macro for the main File Explorer User Interface that reports, in a message box, the size of the selected folder: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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