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Change left click start button to open search bar


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Hi, I want to know how I can assign left clicking the start button in Windows 8.1 to open the search bar instead of the start screen. I know that the search bar can be opened with Win+S or right click->search but I like just left clicking with my mouse once to get to search.

I was thinking that there may be a registry file that I can modify to make this change. Any idea where to look?
 

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Hello TrantaLocked, welcome to Windows EightForums! :)

If you click on 'Start' then begin typing, the search bar will appear automatically. From the drop down menu above the bar you have the option of where to search.
 

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K, navigate to "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs"
right click on the Search shortcut:
(gotta show hidden folders)
and choose pin to taskbar.

 
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These are alternatives; I don't think you can accomplish EXACTLY what you want without a lot of work.
 
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What are the attachments for? They don't lead to anything or show anything.

Anyway, I pinned the Search shortcut to my taskbar next to the start button and it mechanically allows me to do what I was asking. Still hoping for a manual way to change the start button left click function itself, and I would be willing to do the extra work for that (like editing hex and whatnot).
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i7-4690
    Graphics Card(s)
    HD 7850