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Search - Add to Context Menu in Windows 7 and Windows 8


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Search - Add to Context Menu in Windows 7 and Windows 8
This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Search to the context menu of the desktop, My Computer, drives, and folders of all users in Windows 7 or Windows 8.
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How to Add Search to Context Menu in Windows 7 and Windows 8
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This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Search to the context menu of the desktop, My Computer, drives, and folders of all users in Windows 7 or Windows 8.
How to Add "Search" to Context Menu in Windows 7 and Windows 8

information   Information
This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Search to the context menu of the desktop, My Computer, drives, and folders of all users in Windows 7 or Windows 8.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to add or remove Search, but all users are able to use Search.

Note   Note
When Search opens, you would open or select a folder or drive that you would like to search in, then type what you would like to search for in the Search box.


EXAMPLE: "Search" Context Menu
Search_Context_Menus.jpg


EXAMPLE: Search in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Windows_7_Search.jpg
Windows_8_Search.jpg


Here's How:

1. To Add "Search" to Context Menu
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.​
Add_Search_to_Context_Menu.reg
download

2. To Remove "Search" from Context Menu
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.​
Remove_Search_from_Context_Menu.reg
download

3. Save the .reg file to your Desktop.

4. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

5. Click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted.

6. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn


 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

m18xr2

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hey Shawn, how do I change that `Search..` text in the context menu to something else? for example change search into search this folder, or search here.. etc
 

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    windows 8.1 and server 2012 R2

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#3
Hello mx18r2,

The only problem with that is that this only opens to the default blank Search window. It doesn't open to a "search here" or "search this folder" location.

For that, you could use the search box in File Explorer in the opened folder.

If you still want it changed to something else, then please let me know, and I'll post a copy with what you are wanting instead.

Hope this helps. :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

m18xr2

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#4
Hello mx18r2,

The only problem with that is that this only opens to the default blank Search window. It doesn't open to a "search here" or "search this folder" location.

For that, you could use the search box in File Explorer in the opened folder.

If you still want it changed to something else, then please let me know, and I'll post a copy with what you are wanting instead.

Hope this helps. :)
oh man =( was hoping it would have worked out lol. thats fine I'll stick to this and live with uneven context menu. thanks for the help anyway!
 

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  • OS
    windows 8.1 and server 2012 R2

Brink

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#5
Well, the context menu can say anything you like, so if you would like to have something else, then I don't mind posting a custom version for you. It would only take a few moments to do, so just let me know if you like. :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

m18xr2

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#6
to be honest im more interested on how you add that search icon besides the "search.." within context menu. I have had another version of adding search to menu to search folder but it does not have the icon.. weird
 

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  • OS
    windows 8.1 and server 2012 R2

Brink

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#7
The Icon line in the .reg file is what adds the icon of your choice. You could edit the .reg file in the tutorial to see more, but here's the basic of it. :)

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\shell\Search]
"Icon"="imageres.dll,-177"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\shell\Search\command]
@="explorer.exe search-ms:"
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone