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Windows 7: program treated as file in windows search

05 Jul 2014   #1
Anselme

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
program treated as file in windows search

Hello,
i'm on windows 7, and I use the windows search a lot to execute programs (i just have to open start menu, type the beginning of the program name and press enter)
But infortunately, programs that are not in the intalled programs list are not found easily, for example, i use Eclipse a lot, which has an "unzip installation".
If i try to launch that program the same way i launch every other program, i got some issues :
- first issue, the search is significantly slower
- second issue, the first results of the search are never "eclipse.exe" which i want, it is always directories and useless files,
- third issue, as the match "eclipse.exe" is considered a file and not a program, the quick launch with enter doesn't work, i have to select it first

so finally, instead of typing "ecl" then [enter] to launch Eclipse, i have to type "eclipse.exe" then wait until the search ends, then press [down] then press [enter].

I understand that my problem can simply be a missing feature of windows 7, but if there is a way to fix this i would love to hear how to do it.

P.S. : Sorry for eventual mistakes, english isn't my native language.


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05 Jul 2014   #2
Yard Dog

Win 7 Home Premium SP1 32 bit
 
 

Hello anselme, I like to simply put a shortcut on my desk top , for easy access.
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05 Jul 2014   #3
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

All this wasin your previous thread here:
http://www.sevenforums.com/general-d...d-program.html
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05 Jul 2014   #4
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Yard Dog View Post
Hello anselme, I like to simply put a shortcut on my desk top , for easy access.
But the OP doesn't like icons on the desktop!!
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05 Jul 2014   #5
Anselme

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote:
Hello anselme, I like to simply put a shortcut on my desk top , for easy access.
This doesn't solve my problem, i have lots of programs installed and i don't want to have icons for every program on my desktop.
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All this wasin your previous thread here:
Search bar doesn't find program
In that thread, the answers are helping me solve my indexing problems, not my "program treated as file" problem, and this is exactly why i created this new thread.
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05 Jul 2014   #6
Yard Dog

Win 7 Home Premium SP1 32 bit
 
 

You can always hide desktop . if not using the icons..
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05 Jul 2014   #7
Anselme

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I solved the problem.
Adding a shortcut to eclipse.exe in "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" or in "C:\Users\%user%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" seems to magically add Eclipse to the index's program list.
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05 Jul 2014   #8
Yard Dog

Win 7 Home Premium SP1 32 bit
 
 

Very good , glad you sorted it out.. Thanks for using SevenForums..
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05 Jul 2014   #9
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anselme View Post
I solved the problem.
Adding a shortcut to eclipse.exe in "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" or in "C:\Users\%user%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" seems to magically add Eclipse to the index's program list.
You beat me to the solution

Adding a shortcut for the program to the Start menu will find it when you use the search in Start Menu.

Search has different scopes when launched form different locations (Start Menu search box, Explorer search box, or from a saved search).

Excellent!
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05 Jul 2014   #10
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

You could have pinned Eclipse.exe to the Start menu.
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