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Start Screen Search Won't search IE Favorites Websites

  1. #11


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    Server 2012 / 8.0


    If you want the start screen to list favorites by web page title, that's if, (not file name extension or file type), then you can copy, as already been stated, the folder, :

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    Unfortunately this is not what you wanted.
    As your post title indicated, Start Screen Won't search for IE Favorites Websites, ...
    oh, but it does, if the favorites folder is planted in the proper location.

    Individual favorites can also be planted and pinned to the start screen (or apps area) if you copy them to the correct location, as stated.

    But, I think we will not resolve this to what you would prefer, so, ! cheers !
    Last edited by mdmd; 09 Apr 2013 at 20:43. Reason: added the locks (end of discussion)

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  2. #12


    Is url checked in Advanced Index Options:

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  3. #13


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Is url checked in Advanced Index Options:
    The OP wanted a charms search listing to be the same as in file explorer (to pick out a particular file type and list them - favorites urls). I think there was also an interest in the start screen functioning the same as the file explorer or as a re-creation of the Vista or Windows 7 desktop start menu. It does not work that way.

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    Metro Explorer Charms Search (fully indexed):

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    Has anyone counted the onscreen limitation of the current default metro explorer?

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    Does everyone know about indexing?
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  5. #15


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by mdmd View Post
    If you want the start screen to list favorites by web page title, that's if, (not file name extension or file type), then you can copy, as already been stated...
    Call it the file name or web page title. Let's say the page title is "Twitter", but I may change it to "Twitter-Me". In any case it's the final name that I would be searching for usually not *.url (unless I wanted to find all internet shortcuts listed in the results). But thanks for telling me how to do it. It just seems odd that without moving the Favorites folder to the start menu, I can "charms" search for and find a file named "Twitter.txt" in the same Favorites folder but not an internet shortcut file having the same name and located in the same folder.
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  6. #16


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Is url checked in Advanced Index Options
    Yes.
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  7. #17


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    Quote Originally Posted by mdmd View Post
    Does everyone know about indexing?
    I do, since I've been using Vista or Windows 7 for the past 6 years. So I checked the index for the Favorites folder and the .url file type. (At least for a File Explorer search, a file doesn't need to be indexed to be searched for; indexing just speeds it up.)
    Last edited by Ronc; 10 Apr 2013 at 19:04.
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  8. #18


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    How to Search For Favorite URLs


    Quote Originally Posted by Ronc View Post
    It seems I have to open File Explorer and use the search box there to search the contents of my IE Favorites folder. Is there anyway to add the same capability to the Start Screen Search. So far all I can do is put in the word "favorites" and start screen search finds the Favorites folder but it can't find any of the internet shortcuts (*.url files) within the Favorites folder. Is this normal? If so how can I change the normal behavior so it works like the start button search from Vista and Win7?
    Apparently Microsoft added a feature to IE itself some time ago that I was not aware of 'til now. The bar at the top in which a website's url appears doubles a search bar. If you type in a word or phrase appearing in the title given to the url when it was saved in the Favorites folder, that title and link will appear in a dropdown list under the heading "Favorites". If it's in your browsing history, it will show up under the heading "History". This may be preferable if you want to limit your search to browsing history or the Favorites folder. However, if you often move your saved favorites to another folder (e.g. Downloads or Documents), you will have to revert to the global File Explorer search to find them.
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