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Windows 7: Right Click Folder Search Option Gone?

24 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64Bit
 
 
Right Click Folder Search Option Gone?

Hi all, for various reasons I used the Search option when right-clicking folders in windows XP.
Is there a way to have this option enabled in Windows 7 pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease?

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24 Aug 2010   #2

Vista 64 Ultimate, Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

Open the folder and use the built in Search in the upper right hand corner of the window, it will do exactly what you want to do.

Search in Windows 7
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24 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nahtimu View Post
Hi all, for various reasons I used the Search option when right-clicking folders in windows XP.
Is there a way to have this option enabled in Windows 7 pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease?
I agree with the other users about using the Search in the Toolbar but, if you want to add the Search... back into the context menu, open RegEdit and go to
Code:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\find
First, right click that key and select Export and save it!

Now, In the right hand pane, rename LegacyDisable to LegacyDisableD

Search... will now be back in the context menu. I don't know why anyone would want this because it just adds one more step to the search process

If you really want to go all out and add the search icon to the context menu, in the registry with find highlighted, right click it and select New > String Value and type in Icon. In the right hand pane double click Icon String Value you just added and add
Code:
%SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-177


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24 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

The reason it's nice to have is you can right click on a specific folder to search, rather than the current displayed folders and files.

BTW: That's a great find Greg, thanks.
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24 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64Bit
 
 

  • That's perfect Greg... exactly what I wanted... Thank you
  • Fishnbanjo, you may have misunderstood my query thus your innappropriate response. Thanks anyway.
  • Ztruker, precisely what you said , there are valid reasons why I need this to work that way...
BTW, I just want to comment on how great this forum is, real useful
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24 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
The reason it's nice to have is you can right click on a specific folder to search, rather than the current displayed folders and files.

BTW: That's a great find Greg, thanks.
If you use the left navigation pane in Explorer, you can get it in that context menu as well by doing the same for

Code:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\find
it will also add it to Computer Drives when Computer Desktop icon is clicked.

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24 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64Bit
 
 

Just keeps getting better!!! Greg you are the master! Thanks for adding more 'useful' info... actually that's what I really wanted 'cos I usually right click folders within the left navigation pane, so definatley I will do as you illustrated...
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24 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nahtimu View Post
...Thanks for adding more 'useful' info... actually that's what I really wanted 'cos I usually right click folders within the left navigation pane, so definatley I will do as you illustrated...
You're welcome my friend!
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25 Aug 2010   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64Bit
 
 

Thanks,.,.just as you described, the good old right-click search option is back and with the mag-glass icon; nice touch Greg
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27 Aug 2010   #10

windows 7 professional & ultimate 64bit laptops
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Greg S View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nahtimu View Post
Hi all, for various reasons I used the Search option when right-clicking folders in windows XP.
Is there a way to have this option enabled in Windows 7 pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease?
I agree with the other users about using the Search in the Toolbar but, if you want to add the Search... back into the context menu, open RegEdit and go to
Code:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\find
First, right click that key and select Export and save it!

Now, In the right hand pane, rename LegacyDisable to LegacyDisableD

Search... will now be back in the context menu. I don't know why anyone would want this because it just adds one more step to the search process

If you really want to go all out and add the search icon to the context menu, in the registry with find highlighted, right click it and select New > String Value and type in Icon. In the right hand pane double click Icon String Value you just added and add
Code:
%SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-177

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thank you, I just did this on vista. the Icon won't show but I'll try the Windows 7 rig later.
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