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appModules/SearchUI: add 'searchhost' as an alias of Search UI app module in Windows 11 #12628

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@josephsl josephsl commented Jul 9, 2021


Another part of #12585:

Link to issue number:

Expands #10341

Summary of the issue:

Windows Search executable was renamed to searchhost.exe in Windows 11, affecting suggestion count announcement.

Description of how this pull request fixes the issue:

Add an alias app module named "" to support suggestions count announcement in Windows 11.

Testing strategy:

Manual testing:

  1. In Windows 11 preview, open File Explorer (Windows+E).
  2. Press F3 to open search interface.
  3. Type something. NVDA should announce suggestion count.

Known issues with pull request:


Change log entries:

Tweaking #10341 to say:

New features:
In Windows 10 Version 1909 and later (including Windows 11), NVDA will announce suggestion count when performing searches in File Explorer. (#10341, #12628)

Code Review Checklist:

  • Pull Request description is up to date.
  • Unit tests.
  • System (end to end) tests.
  • Manual testing.
  • User Documentation.
  • Change log entry.
  • Context sensitive help for GUI changes.
  • UX of all users considered:
    • Speech
    • Braille
    • Low Vision
    • Different web browsers

…dows 11.

Windows Search executable was renamed to searchhost.exe in Windows 11, affecting suggestion count announcement. Therefore add an alias app module to support Windows 11.
@josephsl josephsl requested a review from a team as a code owner July 9, 2021 04:18
@josephsl josephsl requested a review from seanbudd July 9, 2021 04:18
josephsl and others added 3 commits July 9, 2021 00:15
Note from Sean Budd (NV Access): use __all__ to specify module attributes and to avoid Flake8 NOQA comment in the process.

Co-authored-by: Sean Budd <>
@seanbudd seanbudd merged commit 4087ad9 into nvaccess:master Jul 12, 2021
@nvaccessAuto nvaccessAuto added this to the 2021.2 milestone Jul 12, 2021
@josephsl josephsl deleted the w11searchhost branch July 12, 2021 01:54
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