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In Windows 8.1, if I were to just press the Windows Key (on my keyboard, ofc) and begin typing, then does that search for EVERYTHING, just like it does in Windows 7? I mean, if I want to open a file or a document, then can I just open the Start Menu (press the Windows Key) and begin typing? If I want to open a program or an app, then can I do the same? If I want to open a Control Panel item, then can I do the same? Or, are different keyboard shortcuts required for different kinds of searches?

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 According to MS, the Windows Key searches ALL apps, files, and settings:

 

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/search-apps-files-settings

 

You can press the Windows logo key Windows logo key +S to open Search. To search for a file on your PC or SkyDrive, press the Windows logo key Windows logo key +F. And to search for settings on your PC, press the Windows logo key Windows logo key +W.

 

To change the scope of your search

By default, the Search charm searches the apps, files, and settings on your PC and SkyDrive, plus the web. But you can choose to search for only one type of result, like settings, files, images on the web, or videos on the web. And if you're in an app when you open Search, you can choose to search only that app (this might not be available in some apps).

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search.)

  2. Tap or click the arrow The arrow in Search, then tap or click the scope you want to use.

To change search settings

You can delete the search history that's stored by the Search charm, choose how much of your search info is shared with Bing, and filter adult content out of your web search results.

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)

  2. Tap or click Search and apps, then tap or click Search. All of the settings for the Search charm are here.

 

 

This looks useful also:

http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/windows-81-tip-configure-smart-search

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No. I do NOT want to have to press Windows Key + anything just to perform a Start Menu search. I want to be able to do this:

 

Press Windows Key and begin typing. That's it. I want someone who has Windows 8.1 to answer this by trying it. I want them to press the Windows Key on their keyboard and type the name of a file or a document. What happens? Then, press the Windows Key and begin typing the name of an installed program or app. What happens? Then, press the Windows Key and type the name of a Control Panel item. What happens?

 

In Windows 7, I can do this and it's extremely user-friendly. I am asking if Windows 8.1 is the same way. This is a deal-breaker for me.

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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
 

No. I do NOT want to have to press Windows Key + anything just to perform a Start Menu search. I want to be able to do this:

 

Press Windows Key and begin typing. That's it. I want someone who has Windows 8.1 to answer this by trying it. I want them to press the Windows Key on their keyboard and type the name of a file or a document. What happens? Then, press the Windows Key and begin typing the name of an installed program or app. What happens? Then, press the Windows Key and type the name of a Control Panel item. What happens?

 

In Windows 7, I can do this and it's extremely user-friendly. I am asking if Windows 8.1 is the same way. This is a deal-breaker for me.


I only have windows 8.1 installed as a Fusion virtual instance... on my Macbook Pro. I will get it powered up.. and play with it. There is probably a hack somewhere to give Win 7 functionality (I strongly dislike Win 8.. for multiple reasons, lol! Too many deal-breakers as you put it!)

----

This looks interesting... although I have not tried it:  http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/157302-windows-7-explorer-for-windows-8/


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I only have windows 8.1 installed as a Fusion virtual instance... on my Macbook Pro. I will get it powered up.. and play with it. There is probably a hack somewhere to give Win 7 functionality (I strongly dislike Win 8.. for multiple reasons, lol! Too many deal-breakers as you put it!)

----

This looks interesting... although I have not tried it:  http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/157302-windows-7-explorer-for-windows-8/

 

I just want to know. I don't want to spend time looking at hacks or third-party apps if it turns out that I wouldn't need them.

 

What are all of the things that you don't like about Windows 8.1?

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It does do these things. I have Windows 8.1 installed and by simply pressing the Win key, I am able to start typing to pull up a list of items (documents, apps, control panel items)

One caveat though - it does not do this for files I have stored on an attached external drive.
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Yes, it searches the entire computer. Works for files, apps, and system stuff like control panel and whatnot.
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It does do these things. I have Windows 8.1 installed and by simply pressing the Win key, I am able to start typing to pull up a list of items (documents, apps, control panel items)

One caveat though - it does not do this for files I have stored on an attached external drive.

 

Oh. Thank you!!

 

The external drive needs to be indexed (included in the list of drives and folders to be indexed).

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Yes, it searches the entire computer. Works for files, apps, and system stuff like control panel and whatnot.

 

Nice. Thank you!

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The external drive needs to be indexed (included in the list of drives and folders to be indexed).

EDIT

Nevermind, I just looked again and the box was unchecked
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