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Search Shortcut - Create

How to Create a Search Shortcut in Windows 7
Published by Brink
08 Nov 2009 - Views: 47983
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How to Create a Search Shortcut in Windows 7

information   Information
This will show you how to create or download a Search shortcut that opens the Search window. You can also Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu this shortcut, or move where you like for easy use.
Note   Note
Credit belongs to our member MoinMoin for this tip.
Tip   Tip
Before doing a search in Windows 7, you should make sure that you have set your Search Options for the What to search, How to search, and When searching non-indexed locations settings. If you have the index enabled (it is by default), then you should also have any locations and file types added to be indexed so they will be included in the search results when doing a search.

EXAMPLE: Search
NOTE: Normally you can press F3 or Windows Key + F to open the Search window. For more on how to use search, see How to Search in Windows 7.
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OPTION ONE
To Download the "Search" Shortcut
1. Click on the Download button below to download the Search.zip file.
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2. Click on Save, and save the .zip file to the desktop.

3. Open the .zip file and extract the Search shortcut to the desktop.

4. Right click on the Search shortcut, and click on Properties, General tab, and on the Unblock button. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: If you do not have a Unblock button under the General tab, then the shortcut is already unblocked and you can continue on to step 5.
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5. Move the shortcut to where you like for easy use.

6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .zip file on the desktop if you like, or save it to use again.






OPTION TWO
To Manually Create the "Search" Shortcut
1. Right click on a empty area on desktop, and click on New and Shortcut.

2. Copy and Paste either location below into the location area, and click on the Next button. (See screenshot below)
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe search-ms:

OR

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{9343812e-1c37-4a49-a12e-4b2d810d956b}

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3. Type Search for the name, and click on the Finish button. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: You can name this anything you would like though.
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4. Right click on the new Search shortcut on the Desktop and click on Properties.

5. Click on the Shortcut tab, then click on the Change Icon button. (See screenshot below)
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6. In the line under "Look for icons in this file", Copy and Paste the location below and press Enter. (See screenshot below)
C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll
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7. Select the icon highlighted in blue above and click on OK. (See screenshot above)
NOTE: You can use any icon that you would like instead though.

8. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
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9. Move the shortcut to where you like for easy use.
That's it,
Shawn



08 Nov 2009   #1
moinmoin

Win 7
 
 

Option Three:
Open the Search and drag the magnifying glass to the desktop or startmenu.

For german user: http://www.deskmodder.de/wiki/index....enü#Variante_3

Thanks for the Note, Brink




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17 Dec 2009   #2
LuxZg

Windows 7 Enterprise, 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by moinmoin View Post
Option Three:
Open the Search and drag the magnifying glass to the desktop or startmenu.
Moinmon, those were some great tips. And I'm now laughing becuase I didn't think about drag-and-drop before
Why is this so great? Well, simple, create your own search folder in 4 easy steps:
1) Win+F to open search
2) do your search (like file:mp3)
3) drag & drop the little magnifying glass icon in addressbar to your desktop
4) and rename it (to MP3 for example)

And now whenever you click that icon a search will be run automatically Saved search - fast and easy Just pinned search for *.sql to my desktop and I like it a lot!

Thanks!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Dec 2009   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello LuxZg, and welcome to Seven Forums.

That method will work just fine, but you just will not be able to "Pin to taskbar" with it. Only the one in the tutorial will instead.

You might also look at the tutorial below to save a search to see if that may be something you would want to use for your frequent searches of the same items.

Save a Search

Hope this helps,
Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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19 Dec 2009   #4
LuxZg

Windows 7 Enterprise, 64bit
 
 

Hi Brink, thanks for a warm welcome

The shortcut pointing to search can be pinned to Windows Explorer in taskbar, so it's almost as easily accessible as if it was a standalone icon, so I don't mind.

But the saved search is really a better solution, it can be pinned to Windows Explorer in taskbar as well, but can be "browsed" easily.. I can't believe I never noticed that link in the Explorer menu. I guess that's what you get when menus lose all the icons and are left with text that...just looks the same. So thanks for the link and the tutorial, seems I'll have to browse through the tutorials a bit more to find all the not-so-obvious features
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Dec 2009   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome LuxZg.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jun 2010   #6
qfunk

Windows 7
 
 

Hi! I was Looking for an [ Alternative to Avafind (a search utility) ] ... and I found this thread. Thanks for the useful tutorial. I would be trying this method tomorrow on my pc, as I'm on a XP computer right now.

Just wanted to ask you if this shortcut can be pinned as an address utility like the google desktop to the taskbar?? Cause just clicking on the shortcut might just bring the search window, Was just hoping it could be searched directly from the taskbar.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jun 2010   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Qfunk, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You could use Pin to Taskbar for this shortcut to make it easier to use from the taskbar.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jun 2010   #8
qfunk

Windows 7
 
 

thanks!! ++!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jun 2010   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Qfunk.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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