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What Happened to Desktop Search

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    What Happened to Desktop Search


    I was a heavy user of the Windows 7 desktop search, either by the taskbar or the start menu. I most often used it to find emails, especially when I didn't remember which of my many accounts received the item. It worked across Outlook 2010, Live Mail, and Thunderbird.

    Is it somewhere hidden in Windows 8? If not, is there an alternative? I believe the mail is still being indexed so it may only be a client that accesses the database that is needed.

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    Hello TheBigCheese, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    It's all done through the Search charm (new) or in File Explorer search box (as usual).

    Search in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    It's technically hidden, as Brink said it's in the Search charm (Start key + C, or moving your mouse pointer to the right hand side corners and move to the middle of the edge). The Search charm can do searching from your local PC's contents, to the internet, to the Windows Store, and to other apps that can be searched. It's like a universal searcher.

    Or, if you're at the Start Screen, just type away like normal. The reason this was done was partly a UI decision because when you opened up the start menu, you never had to click the box to type in something and you never really even thought about it; you just hit the Start button or key and typed. Microsoft decided, to keep things simply designed, to just chuck out that piece of UI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello TheBigCheese, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    It's all done through the Search charm (new) or in File Explorer search box (as usual).

    Search in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Sorry but these searches are only for files, apps, and settings. They don't search emails.
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    Why on earth would you want to search emails from the desktop? That would drive me insane if every time I tried to search, 10,000 email results cluttered my results.
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    What email client are you using?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    What email client are you using?
    Thunderbird, Outlook 2010, and Live Mail
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Why on earth would you want to search emails from the desktop? That would drive me insane if every time I tried to search, 10,000 email results cluttered my results.
    I often need to find an email and I don't remember which of a dozen accounts I used. I do at least one a day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    It's technically hidden, as Brink said it's in the Search charm (Start key + C, or moving your mouse pointer to the right hand side corners and move to the middle of the edge). The Search charm can do searching from your local PC's contents, to the internet, to the Windows Store, and to other apps that can be searched. It's like a universal searcher.

    Or, if you're at the Start Screen, just type away like normal. The reason this was done was partly a UI decision because when you opened up the start menu, you never had to click the box to type in something and you never really even thought about it; you just hit the Start button or key and typed. Microsoft decided, to keep things simply designed, to just chuck out that piece of UI.
    These searches do not search the emails. The search from the start menu in Windows 7 and the task bar search did this. Is it gone? The data is still going to the database.
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    I wouldn't imagine Classic Shell would help anything as I have Outlook indexed, and I can't seem to search for emails either. So it might be either Outlook 2013 being weird or indexing being weird.
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