Search from the taskbar in Windows 8/7

In this post, we will see how you can search from the taskbar in Windows 8.1. We have seen how to add the address bar to the taskbar in Windows 8/7. This lets users type the URL directly into it and hit Enter to open the web page in your default browser. What is little less known, is that in Windows 8/7, you can also carry out your searches on the Internet, by typing your queries in the address bar and clicking Enter. One drawback, however, is that single word searches do not work.

Search from the taskbar

Search from the taskbar

How can we search our computer from the taskbar? Windows Desktop Search offered a Search Deskbar, that let you search from the taskbar. There’s no Windows Search Deskbar like this, in Windows 7 or Windows 8.

In Windows 7 you can open the Start Menu and start typing. You can also create a shortcut using the following path, and pin it to your taskbar:

%SystemRoot%explorer.exe search-ms:

In Windows 8, you can tap the Win key and start typing to search. Or you can simply press Win+S, and the Search Charms will open.

You can also carry out this interesting little exercise, that lets you pin a shortcut to search everywhere on your Windows 8 computer from the taskbar.

taskbar search

Navigate to the following folder:

C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

Right-click, select New > Shortcut. In the location of the item box, type the following:

explorer.exe shell:::{2559a1f0-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}

Click Next, give it a name and icon if you want.

Read: Shortcuts, Shell Commands and CLSID in Windows

Now clicking on this new icon in your taskbar will open the Search Charms. You can search your computer from here.

search charms

A small tip that some of you may find useful.

You can also check out some free Windows Search alternative tools, that can help you search faster on your Windows PC.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. James Walker

    There wouldn’t happen to be a way to pin the other functions of the charms bar to the task bar, would there?

  2. Charles Kafka

    wow, this is wonderful! now how do i kill it, forever?
    i want the search window to only open when i want it to.
    or i could just do without

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