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Where is the Win7 style Start Menu's Search box?

  1. #11


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    Lilsting,

    You would do this from the Search charm instead now for this. When you type what you want to search for, you will see your search results for it under the Apps, Settings, and Files categories. All you have to do is click on each one to see the search results. It's practically together, but just broken down into the different Apps, Settings, and Files sections instead. See step 7 in OPTION ONE of the tutorial below for more on this if you like.

    Search in Windows 8

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  2. #12


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    I can think of an example where the win 8 search fails compared to the win 7 search, "Windows Remote Assistance". Providing that you know the filename is msra.exe a charm search will find this in the Apps section of the search results. In Windows 7 you just typed Windows Remote Assistance and there is was in the results. This is going to be a real pain in the ass if you know what the full name for a program is but don't know the executable filename
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Lilsting,

    You would do this from the Search charm instead now for this. When you type what you want to search for, you will see your search results for it under the Apps, Settings, and Files categories. All you have to do is click on each one to see the search results. It's practically together, but just broken down into the different Apps, Settings, and Files sections instead. See step 7 in OPTION ONE of the tutorial below for more on this if you like.

    Search in Windows 8
    Yeah, I understand this. I don't really want to remember a specific keyboard shortcut when launching the start screen (Win+F to search files, for example), nor do I want to launch the start screen normally, search for the item I require, and then press up/down and enter to select my item type (ap/setting/file).

    Compared to Windows 7 which was one press of the Win key, and begin typing the item (usually a file name). This would bring it up straight away, so once I had typed enough letters to have the file/program/setting I wanted become the top search result returned, I would immediately tap enter on the keyboard and be on my way. I know it probably seems like such a small thing to quibble over, but it really does irk me about Windows 8...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lilsting10 View Post
    Yeah,

    Yeah, I understand this. I don't really want to remember a specific keyboard shortcut when launching the start screen (Win+F to search files, for example), nor do I want to launch the start screen normally, search for the item I require, and then press up/down and enter to select my item type (ap/setting/file).

    Compared to Windows 7 which was one press of the Win key, and begin typing the item (usually a file name). This would bring it up straight away, so once I had typed enough letters to have the file/program/setting I wanted become the top search result returned, I would immediately tap enter on the keyboard and be on my way. I know it probably seems like such a small thing to quibble over, but it really does irk me about Windows 8...
    You're not "wrong" for feeling like this, but any decent pc setup doesn't require searching or typing for anything.

    i.e.: Start menu, Rocketdock, Quick Launch, folder on desktop with shortcuts to all apps, superbar pinned items etc....
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  5. #15


    VERY glad to hear that the free update to ''Windows Blue'' 8.1 (basically a service pack 1 for windows 8) will restore the previous search behavior where apps/settings/files are not split.

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  6. #16


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Stardock Start8 has a search box as well.
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