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Windows 8.1 smart search options

  1. #1


    Posts : 12
    Win 8

    Windows 8.1 smart search options


    Hey guys,
    I'm wondering if there is a way to change default search option - "Settings" to "Everywhere".
    I'm using Windows 8.1. It's very uncomfortable after WinKey+W to use mouse to change search options.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Hello upf,

    I believe if you go here you can disable the online search option and that will only give you the internal search results (even though it still shows "everywhere"):

    Go to PC settings> Search and Apps> disable Bing

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    Just an FYI that I am not a Metro or apps fan but this works for me.

    Good luck.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 12
    Win 8


    Thanks for replay but does not work for me . After disabling Bing there is still "Settings" in first place.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    After disabling Bing there is still "Settings" in first place.
    I don't understand your response. What doesn't work and what settings are you referring to? Please be specific.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Those setting are greyed-out so they do not apply because Bing is disabled.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 12
    Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    After disabling Bing there is still "Settings" in first place.
    I don't understand your response. What doesn't work and what settings are you referring to? Please be specific.
    Sorry for my bad English . What I mean is that, the search bar on the top have a little drop-down list with several options like Everywhere, Settings, Files etc. When user calls searchBar by default the search is set to "Settings", which is unwanted. I would like to change it to "Everywhere".
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  7. #7


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Go to your start screen and type "search" (while on the screen). Once the search box pops up, type "search" into the search box but do not exectute the search. Just lest the "suggestions show up like so:

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  8. #8


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    One more thing. Your specs are listed as Win 8. So are you absolutely sure you are on 8.1?
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  9. #9


    Posts : 12
    Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    One more thing. Your specs are listed as Win 8. So are you absolutely sure you are on 8.1?
    Thank you. Yes, it's awin 8.1 pro
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  10. #10


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    OK, so thanks for that. Now, did you try my previous suggestion and could you post a screenshot of that as well?
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