Windows Club: How to Search in Windows 8

By Anand Khanse

Tips on how to Search in Windows 8

If you are already using Windows 8 you might be well aware of its highly styled and well-designed Metro screen. The start menu which earlier in Windows 7 displayed shortcut icons on your Windows Desktop has been replaced by a display of custom tiles on the Start Screen. The tiles, like earlier shortcut icons, in Windows 7, provide shortcuts and quick access to various applications but in a more novel way.

Also, there are many other hidden user interface elements. For instance, the Desktop view of the new operating system lets you access the Charm bar, which gives system-wide access to Devices, Search, Sharing, System Settings and Basic Actions. Just slide your mouse pointer to the right hand side top or bottom corner or use Windows+C hotkey combination to access it.


Windows 8 Search Tips

Once accessed, the bar displays current date, day and time along with the internet connection status and battery life indicator. You can even use Windows key + F to bring up Search immediately.

If you think this is all then you are mistaken. Microsoft has fine-tuned the search functionalities, just to offer its users a more easy and comfortable way for locating/finding applications, settings and files. And unlike in Windows 7, the results are displayed, not in explorer windows, but there itself.

In Windows 8, Search has been designed for efficiency and user convenience. To search for & launch apps, simply start typing from the Start Screen.

It is now also easy to search for something in one app and then, if you don’t find it, try again in another app. Switching from one App to another in the Search charm is now thus a big time saver.

So let us dive deeper into this topic of ‘Search’. Read more here


This excerpt is shared with permission from The Windows Club.

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2 thoughts on “Windows Club: How to Search in Windows 8

  1. Microsoft's response to anything that works is If it ain't broke, break it. That is why a good menu system in the Microsoft Office 97 became a clunky ribbon that, even though I have used it since 04, is not intuitive. That is why a Windows XP that finally worked, was intuitive, and did not hog memory, became the memory hog Vista that brought the Apple Mac back to prominence, as a computer that worked.

    And now, for a computer world which in PC's and Laptops is accessed by a mouse, they bring us a Tablet operating system. Though I have a computer that is screen based, I still use the mouse, because it is handy, and I would have to use a stylus to get the precision touching the screen instead of using my clumsy fingers. I know that there is a belief that pads are the future, but except for inventory tasks, I do not see them becoming the main machine for office workers, mainly because the bandwith is not out there so that millions more people are going to be able to use wireless at speeds that will enable quick working conditions. Ask a cell phone executive how much he likes the Apple I-Phones and the other new Smart Phones in a world without sufficient bandwith now.

  2. Highly Styled and Well Designed? You must be kidding, maybe for a Tablet or a IPhone for a PC it’s to clunky.

    And I have tested this across several test beds and live systems. The interface looks like something for preschool.

    This Operating system has the most negative reviews of any operating system i have ever seen from Microsoft. And i have Beta tested several of them. The learning curve alone is going to hamper a lot of people.

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