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Windows 7: Disable auto-search whenever i press a key in windows explorer?

04 Jul 2010   #1

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Disable auto-search whenever i press a key in windows explorer?

Hi all!

I have a habit of whenever looking at cluttered folders (Program files) to press the key of the first letter of the file i want (say Mozilla firefox, i press letter M).

This works fine in XP, ubuntu, pretty much everything. But windows 7 rather "searches" for things with the letter M, which has a several second delay on my PC which i don't like and/or need.

Does anyone know how to disable this auto-"search
" feature?


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04 Jul 2010   #2

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Perhaps number 51 will help

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04 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 7


Tip was a bit tricky to follow, but eventually i figured it out.


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04 Jul 2010   #4

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16 Jan 2012   #5

Windows 7 64-bit
Additional Option

I know this thread is dated, but the advice in the link posted by richc46 didn't really work for me I don't think.

Anyway, what did was:
  • From the Folder Options Menu
  • Click the "View" tab
  • Scroll to the bottom and the "When typing into list view" section
  • Select the "Select the typed item in the view" option instead of "Automatically type into the Search Box"
Normally I wouldn't have replied, but this was one of google's top rated results I got when I was looking for help with this issue.

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15 Apr 2015   #6

Windows 7 home primium 64bit

Sweet thank you it worked
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15 Apr 2015   #7
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Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

Thank you tumzaseven for joining our Forum.

Happy computing.
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