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file explorer: typing now searchs instead of going to file

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    windows 7 x86,7 x64, 8 x64, xp

    file explorer: typing now searchs instead of going to file


    when on file explorer, you could go to a file in the current folder by pressing its first character, for example if i pressed "r" it selected the readme.txt file


    this behaviour has changed now on my windows 8.1 , it starts using the search function



    is there a way to go back to the previous behaviour? i'm not sure if this happened because of an update, or after i used my account on a windows 10 machine
    Last edited by webtax; 01 Sep 2015 at 17:06.

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    Linux Mint 17.2


    See the Search hilighted in the Ribbon. Microsoft is updating the search function on 8, because not all devices can run 10.
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    windows 7 x86,7 x64, 8 x64, xp


    no options there, the search tab appears after pressing the character, but there are not options there except for what to search

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    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    I am going to have to look at my wife's laptop, since she is still using 8.1. That is odd.

    The only real info I can find is about further embedding Bing into Search to make it "Smarter".

    Under Search, change it from "All Folders" to "Current Folder".
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    windows 7 x86,7 x64, 8 x64, xp


    found the setting


    solved, thanks!
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