How To Add Search To Context Menu In Windows 7/8/10

We all know that Search is a must-have feature for any operating system. Since Windows 8 doesn’t have Start Menu, the search has been shifted to Charms Bar or by you can bring it up by pressing Windows Key + Q. New users are sometimes confused by this change, so it would be beneficial for them if they can make a search directly from the context menu of their current directory.

In this article, I’ll tell you the manual way to add the search option to context menus at different locations of your Windows PC using Registry Editor

Add Search To Context Menus

1. Press Windows Key + R combination on keyboard and type Regedt32.exe in Run dialog box. Press OK.

2. Navigate to following location:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CABFolder\shell\find

3. In the right pane of this location, create a string with Value Name as Icon and put its Value Data equals to imageres.dll,-177.

Also ensure that there must have 32-bit value for SuppresionPolicy is 80.

4. Repeat step 3 for these locations as well:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\find

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\find

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\shell\Search

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell\Search

5. Now rush to this location:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\shell\Search\command

In case you didn’t found HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\shell\Search\command, then go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\shell\Search and create a subkey as command.

In the right pane of this location, edit the Default string with Value Data as explorer.exe search-ms:.

6. Repeat the step 5 for this location also:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell\Search\command

That’s it! You can now make searches directly from the right-click context menu.

Have fun searching!

These tips on how to search in Windows 8 may also interest you.

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