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shortcut for search settings

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    shortcut for search settings


    the windows + W keys to search settings can that be made to a desktop shortcut please?

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    You can try what's in the picture.
    If I search, I might find a way to put it on desktop.Maybe.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1, 10


    You can set up many shortcuts using CLSIDs as described here.
    CLSID Key (GUID) Shortcuts List for Windows 8

    So a shortcut to Search Apps or Search Files can be achieved using that method. Unfortunately I don't think the relevant CLSID has been posted for Search Settings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by medab1 View Post
    thats better i used the download , because no matter how hard i tried i could'nt find the search.scf in system32 folder , it seems mine is missing!! Even after revealing hidden files and folders it still isnt there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by archie123 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by medab1 View Post
    thats better i used the download , because no matter how hard i tried i could'nt find the search.scf in system32 folder , it seems mine is missing!! Even after revealing hidden files and folders it still isnt there!
    I couldn't find it anywhere in C:\...........

    So, you have a shortcut now ?
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    medab not got the search option on right click, the other link on clsid lost out of my knowledge band.
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    The search setting is already on the start screen. Just open start and type. It's just that simple.

    Your search window will open along with huge numbers of drop down selections.. Type whatever your are searching in the text box.

    It's categorized and title specific. Search is compartmentalized. To direct it to the appropriate area you just mouse click the offerings.

    Search is also easily available from charms. Place the mouse arrow upper right corner.

    Further there are keystrokes to search. Win key + W. Win key + F.

    I appreciate that there are tinkers who want to reinvent the wheel but Win 8 already has half a dozen ways to search !
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    (brings up the start screen) then just type your search term which opens the search bar with your search term in it. It could not be more simple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by medab1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by archie123 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by medab1 View Post
    thats better i used the download , because no matter how hard i tried i could'nt find the search.scf in system32 folder , it seems mine is missing!! Even after revealing hidden files and folders it still isnt there!
    I couldn't find it anywhere in C:\...........

    So, you have a shortcut now ?
    Yes mate I used the download provided in your link for the zipped shorcut. Copied it to taskbar and its working fine
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