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

    Search - Add to Context Menu in Windows 7 and Windows 8
    How to Add "Search" to Context Menu in Windows 7 and Windows 8
    Published by Brink is offline
    29 Nov 2012
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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.

    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

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    EXAMPLE: Search in Windows 7 and Windows 8

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    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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    windows 8.1 and server 2012 R2


    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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    64-bit Windows 10


    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.
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    Posts : 52
    windows 8.1 and server 2012 R2


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    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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    64-bit Windows 10


    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.
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    Posts : 52
    windows 8.1 and server 2012 R2


    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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    64-bit Windows 10


    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:"
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