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Windows 7: How to start prgms from "search entry field" in START menu?

07 Jan 2012   #1

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How to start prgms from "search entry field" in START menu?

On another installed Win7 system I opened START menu and entered


into the search entry field at the bottom. Then I hit RETURN.
Much to my surprise not the Registry Editor was opened but WinExplorer.

On my main computer the regedit tool is started.

So how can I tell Win7 to start regedit if I enter regedit?


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07 Jan 2012   #2
Hipster Doofus

Windows 7 Pro x64 -- PCLinuxOS KDE4 FullMonty 2011

Starts regedit for me. What happens if you use windows Key + R regedit ??
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07 Jan 2012   #3

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Windows 7 always opens the application, file or folder that is top most in Start Menu > Search results when you hit Enter. So, if only a partial filename is written, it most probably opens wrong application or file, especially if search settings are set to search not only file names but also the content of the files, as in this example:

How to start prgms from "search entry field" in START menu?-start_search_1.png

When the filename is written correctly, it should open the correct application or file:

How to start prgms from "search entry field" in START menu?-start_search_2.png

If another file contains the string you are searching, in this case string regedit, you can have several hits and the app or file you are searching must not be the top most. In this case you have to select the correct one with left click or arrow keys and Enter.


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