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How to Create a "Search Files" Shortcut in Windows 8


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This tutorial will show how to create or download a "Search Files" shortcut that opens directly to the Metro Search charm flyout screen with Files selected in Windows 8.

You can also press the Windows + F keys to open Search Files.


EXAMPLE: "Search Files" in Windows 8
Search_Files.jpg





OPTION ONE
To Download a "Search Files" Shortcut for Windows 8

1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the ZIP file below.​
Search-Files_Shortcut.zip
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2. Save the .zip file to the desktop.​
3. Open the .zip file and extract (drag and drop) the Search Files shortcut to the desktop.​
4. For the first time that you run the shortcut, uncheck the Always ask before opening this file box, and click/tap on Open to unblock the shortcut.​
5. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.​
6. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .zip file on the desktop if you like, or save it to use again.​




OPTION TWO
To Manually Create a "Search Files" Shortcut in Windows 8

1. Right click or press and hold on a empty area of the desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.​
2. Copy and paste the command below into the location area, and click/tap on the Next button. (see screenshot below)​
%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{2559a1f0-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}
Shortcut-1.jpg
3. Type Search Files for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)​
NOTE: You can name this shortcut anything you would like though.
Shortcut-2.jpg
4. Right click or press and hold on the new Search Files shortcut, and click/tap on Properties.​
5. Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, then click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)​
step-3.jpg
6. In the line under "Look for icons in this file", copy and paste the location below and press Enter. (see screenshot below)​
%SystemRoot%\System32\twinui.dll
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7. Select the icon highlighted in blue above, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)​
NOTE: You can use any icon that you would like instead though.​
8. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 5)​
9. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.​

That's it,
Shawn


 

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