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Windows 7: Search Box Addict

21 Jan 2009   #1
Scotteq

Windows 7 (x64)
 
 
Search Box Addict

Hi, my name is Scott and I'm a Search Box Addict...


A dumb one too - I'd like to embed a copy of the search box directly into the toolbar/quicklaunch area, but I haven't figured out how to do it. Would save pressing the windows key, since I'd simply be able to click and type.

Can anyone help my addiction?


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21 Jan 2009   #2
smarteyeball

 
 

I don't know if this is what your after, but right-click the taskbar, select properties>toolbars and tick the address box.

Either that or join a support group
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21 Jan 2009   #3
renthor

Windows 7 Beta 1 b7000
 
 

Yeah, the address bar is about the closest I can get too. Of course, I cannot figure out how to get it to search your computer. You can type stuff in, but it will only open Google and search.
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21 Jan 2009   #4
thegr8anand

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

I think he wants to google directly from the taskbar. But I found your tip helpful smarteye as i didn't know about it and its a cool one.

One thing I can think of is since I am using FF, I have 'google' as keyword for google search. So if i type 'google windows 7' in the taskbar address box it shows the results for 'windows 7' in FF. I'm sure there must be some easier way.
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21 Jan 2009   #5
Scotteq

Windows 7 (x64)
 
 

Yah - Tried the address bar... Not what I was looking for. Wanted to be able to search the computer for programs and documents directly from the task bar.

Oh well.. I guess I'll "suffer"
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21 Jan 2009   #6
thegr8anand

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Ok a question related to searching. Is it better to index in Windows Search or use 'Everything' for computer search.

I have been using that software in XP and found it was a lot better than using search. Check the software out here.

Everything Search Engine
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21 Jan 2009   #7
renthor

Windows 7 Beta 1 b7000
 
 

I use the built in Windows search, works just fine. You can change the indexing options, if its not working the way you'd like. Indexing just means that it "presearches" areas that you specify so that you get results a lot quicker.
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21 Jan 2009   #8
smarteyeball

 
 

Have you tried Google Desktop?
Google Desktop - Getting Started

I haven't used it in ages, but I'm sure you can search your own PC plus it's on the taskbar....
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21 Jan 2009   #9
thegr8anand

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Just asking cause when I was using Vista before XP i didn't like it that much and also heard that it caused slowdowns and stuff. So has anything changed in this search from Vista? I am using Everything right now and it works great.
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21 Jan 2009   #10
smarteyeball

 
 

The inbuilt indexing? It's very slow to begin with when you index 'everything'. The slow downs become less noticeable over time as the index is built.

I no longer use indexing in Vista so I can't comment there, and whilst i haven't got 'everything' indexed in 7, I haven't noticed the same amount of slowdown / HD thrashing.
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