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How do you add "desktop search" to taskbar or sidebar?

  1. #1


    Ben Cadet Guest

    How do you add "desktop search" to taskbar or sidebar?

    I've just spent the last few hours futilely trying to add the native 'Windows
    desktop search' to either my taskbar, or the sidebar as a gadget - but to no
    avail.

    Does anyone have any idea how to provide this obvious piece of ergonomics &
    functionality?

    I'm VERY suprised that this isn't an 'easy' thing to do...

    Ben


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  3. #2


    Dave Wood [MSFT] Guest

    Re: How do you add "desktop search" to taskbar or sidebar?

    The replacement for search on the task bar is having search in the start
    menu. It's the same number of clicks away - just click or hit the windows
    key and start typing your search.

    One of the devs in the search team Brandon has a couple of tools and gadgets
    available for download - I'm not sure they do exactly what you want but you
    might find them interesting: http://brandontools.com/

    Dave Wood


    "Ben Cadet" <Ben Cadet@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news760EE4C-BA8D-4259-A33E-36E74998A25B@xxxxxx

    > I've just spent the last few hours futilely trying to add the native
    > 'Windows
    > desktop search' to either my taskbar, or the sidebar as a gadget - but to
    > no
    > avail.
    >
    > Does anyone have any idea how to provide this obvious piece of ergonomics
    > &
    > functionality?
    >
    > I'm VERY suprised that this isn't an 'easy' thing to do...
    >
    > Ben
    >

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  4. #3


    Ben Cadet Guest

    Re: How do you add "desktop search" to taskbar or sidebar?

    Thanks for the reply, Dave

    Unfortunately still does not supply me with an answer!
    I checked out http://brandontools.com/ , but there was nothing that helped
    me there.

    Any one else have any ideas?

    Ben

    "Dave Wood [MSFT]" wrote:

    > The replacement for search on the task bar is having search in the start
    > menu. It's the same number of clicks away - just click or hit the windows
    > key and start typing your search.
    >
    > One of the devs in the search team Brandon has a couple of tools and gadgets
    > available for download - I'm not sure they do exactly what you want but you
    > might find them interesting: http://brandontools.com/
    >
    > Dave Wood
    >
    >
    > "Ben Cadet" <Ben Cadet@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news760EE4C-BA8D-4259-A33E-36E74998A25B@xxxxxx

    > > I've just spent the last few hours futilely trying to add the native
    > > 'Windows
    > > desktop search' to either my taskbar, or the sidebar as a gadget - but to
    > > no
    > > avail.
    > >
    > > Does anyone have any idea how to provide this obvious piece of ergonomics
    > > &
    > > functionality?
    > >
    > > I'm VERY suprised that this isn't an 'easy' thing to do...
    > >
    > > Ben
    > >
    >
    >

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    Dave Wood [MSFT] Guest

    Re: How do you add "desktop search" to taskbar or sidebar?

    Can you explain what having search on the taskbar would add for you over the
    existing Start Menu search?

    Dave

    "Ben Cadet" <BenCadet@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:ADD22BBE-D4F7-49C7-97DE-058156478B4D@xxxxxx

    > Thanks for the reply, Dave
    >
    > Unfortunately still does not supply me with an answer!
    > I checked out http://brandontools.com/ , but there was nothing that helped
    > me there.
    >
    > Any one else have any ideas?
    >
    > Ben
    >
    > "Dave Wood [MSFT]" wrote:
    >

    >> The replacement for search on the task bar is having search in the start
    >> menu. It's the same number of clicks away - just click or hit the windows
    >> key and start typing your search.
    >>
    >> One of the devs in the search team Brandon has a couple of tools and
    >> gadgets
    >> available for download - I'm not sure they do exactly what you want but
    >> you
    >> might find them interesting: http://brandontools.com/
    >>
    >> Dave Wood
    >>
    >>
    >> "Ben Cadet" <Ben Cadet@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news760EE4C-BA8D-4259-A33E-36E74998A25B@xxxxxx

    >> > I've just spent the last few hours futilely trying to add the native
    >> > 'Windows
    >> > desktop search' to either my taskbar, or the sidebar as a gadget - but
    >> > to
    >> > no
    >> > avail.
    >> >
    >> > Does anyone have any idea how to provide this obvious piece of
    >> > ergonomics
    >> > &
    >> > functionality?
    >> >
    >> > I'm VERY suprised that this isn't an 'easy' thing to do...
    >> >
    >> > Ben
    >> >
    >>
    >>

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    Ben Cadet Guest

    Re: How do you add "desktop search" to taskbar or sidebar?

    I think it would be more ergonomic and easier to use.
    To be honest, Dave, I didn't think it would be that hard a thing to sort out.
    I'm used to using this kind of search on other OSs, and if I recall
    correctly, Google desktop has this kind of functionality - but I would rather
    remain 'In House', so to speak, as my experiences from using google desktop a
    few years ago showed it to be an awful system hog.
    Ben


    "Dave Wood [MSFT]" wrote:

    > Can you explain what having search on the taskbar would add for you over the
    > existing Start Menu search?
    >
    > Dave
    >
    > "Ben Cadet" <BenCadet@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:ADD22BBE-D4F7-49C7-97DE-058156478B4D@xxxxxx

    > > Thanks for the reply, Dave
    > >
    > > Unfortunately still does not supply me with an answer!
    > > I checked out http://brandontools.com/ , but there was nothing that helped
    > > me there.
    > >
    > > Any one else have any ideas?
    > >
    > > Ben
    > >
    > > "Dave Wood [MSFT]" wrote:
    > >

    > >> The replacement for search on the task bar is having search in the start
    > >> menu. It's the same number of clicks away - just click or hit the windows
    > >> key and start typing your search.
    > >>
    > >> One of the devs in the search team Brandon has a couple of tools and
    > >> gadgets
    > >> available for download - I'm not sure they do exactly what you want but
    > >> you
    > >> might find them interesting: http://brandontools.com/
    > >>
    > >> Dave Wood
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> "Ben Cadet" <Ben Cadet@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > >> news760EE4C-BA8D-4259-A33E-36E74998A25B@xxxxxx
    > >> > I've just spent the last few hours futilely trying to add the native
    > >> > 'Windows
    > >> > desktop search' to either my taskbar, or the sidebar as a gadget - but
    > >> > to
    > >> > no
    > >> > avail.
    > >> >
    > >> > Does anyone have any idea how to provide this obvious piece of
    > >> > ergonomics
    > >> > &
    > >> > functionality?
    > >> >
    > >> > I'm VERY suprised that this isn't an 'easy' thing to do...
    > >> >
    > >> > Ben
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >>
    >
    >

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    Dave Wood [MSFT] Guest

    Re: How do you add "desktop search" to taskbar or sidebar?

    There's no way to do this built-in to Vista. I'm not aware of a third-party
    gadget to do this.

    "Ben Cadet" <BenCadet@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:8AA1059F-34A9-4585-AC97-B68AEB175D96@xxxxxx

    >I think it would be more ergonomic and easier to use.
    > To be honest, Dave, I didn't think it would be that hard a thing to sort
    > out.
    > I'm used to using this kind of search on other OSs, and if I recall
    > correctly, Google desktop has this kind of functionality - but I would
    > rather
    > remain 'In House', so to speak, as my experiences from using google
    > desktop a
    > few years ago showed it to be an awful system hog.
    > Ben
    >
    >
    > "Dave Wood [MSFT]" wrote:
    >

    >> Can you explain what having search on the taskbar would add for you over
    >> the
    >> existing Start Menu search?
    >>
    >> Dave
    >>
    >> "Ben Cadet" <BenCadet@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:ADD22BBE-D4F7-49C7-97DE-058156478B4D@xxxxxx

    >> > Thanks for the reply, Dave
    >> >
    >> > Unfortunately still does not supply me with an answer!
    >> > I checked out http://brandontools.com/ , but there was nothing that
    >> > helped
    >> > me there.
    >> >
    >> > Any one else have any ideas?
    >> >
    >> > Ben
    >> >
    >> > "Dave Wood [MSFT]" wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> The replacement for search on the task bar is having search in the
    >> >> start
    >> >> menu. It's the same number of clicks away - just click or hit the
    >> >> windows
    >> >> key and start typing your search.
    >> >>
    >> >> One of the devs in the search team Brandon has a couple of tools and
    >> >> gadgets
    >> >> available for download - I'm not sure they do exactly what you want
    >> >> but
    >> >> you
    >> >> might find them interesting: http://brandontools.com/
    >> >>
    >> >> Dave Wood
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >> "Ben Cadet" <Ben Cadet@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> >> news760EE4C-BA8D-4259-A33E-36E74998A25B@xxxxxx
    >> >> > I've just spent the last few hours futilely trying to add the native
    >> >> > 'Windows
    >> >> > desktop search' to either my taskbar, or the sidebar as a gadget -
    >> >> > but
    >> >> > to
    >> >> > no
    >> >> > avail.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > Does anyone have any idea how to provide this obvious piece of
    >> >> > ergonomics
    >> >> > &
    >> >> > functionality?
    >> >> >
    >> >> > I'm VERY suprised that this isn't an 'easy' thing to do...
    >> >> >
    >> >> > Ben
    >> >> >
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >>
    >>

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    Re: How do you add "desktop search" to taskbar or sidebar?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Cadet View Post
    I've just spent the last few hours futilely trying to add the native 'Windows
    desktop search' to either my taskbar, or the sidebar as a gadget - but to no
    avail.

    Does anyone have any idea how to provide this obvious piece of ergonomics &
    functionality?

    I'm VERY suprised that this isn't an 'easy' thing to do...

    Ben
    Hi Ben,

    This tutorial will show you how to create a Search shortcut that you can then place in Quick Launch on the taskbar.

    Search Desktop Shortcut

    I hope this helps you,
    Shawn

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  9. #8


    Ben Cadet Guest

    Re: How do you add "desktop search" to taskbar or sidebar?

    Thanks for your help, Dave.

    "Dave Wood [MSFT]" wrote:

    > There's no way to do this built-in to Vista. I'm not aware of a third-party
    > gadget to do this.
    >
    > "Ben Cadet" <BenCadet@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:8AA1059F-34A9-4585-AC97-B68AEB175D96@xxxxxx

    > >I think it would be more ergonomic and easier to use.
    > > To be honest, Dave, I didn't think it would be that hard a thing to sort
    > > out.
    > > I'm used to using this kind of search on other OSs, and if I recall
    > > correctly, Google desktop has this kind of functionality - but I would
    > > rather
    > > remain 'In House', so to speak, as my experiences from using google
    > > desktop a
    > > few years ago showed it to be an awful system hog.
    > > Ben
    > >
    > >
    > > "Dave Wood [MSFT]" wrote:
    > >

    > >> Can you explain what having search on the taskbar would add for you over
    > >> the
    > >> existing Start Menu search?
    > >>
    > >> Dave
    > >>
    > >> "Ben Cadet" <BenCadet@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > >> news:ADD22BBE-D4F7-49C7-97DE-058156478B4D@xxxxxx
    > >> > Thanks for the reply, Dave
    > >> >
    > >> > Unfortunately still does not supply me with an answer!
    > >> > I checked out http://brandontools.com/ , but there was nothing that
    > >> > helped
    > >> > me there.
    > >> >
    > >> > Any one else have any ideas?
    > >> >
    > >> > Ben
    > >> >
    > >> > "Dave Wood [MSFT]" wrote:
    > >> >
    > >> >> The replacement for search on the task bar is having search in the
    > >> >> start
    > >> >> menu. It's the same number of clicks away - just click or hit the
    > >> >> windows
    > >> >> key and start typing your search.
    > >> >>
    > >> >> One of the devs in the search team Brandon has a couple of tools and
    > >> >> gadgets
    > >> >> available for download - I'm not sure they do exactly what you want
    > >> >> but
    > >> >> you
    > >> >> might find them interesting: http://brandontools.com/
    > >> >>
    > >> >> Dave Wood
    > >> >>
    > >> >>
    > >> >> "Ben Cadet" <Ben Cadet@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > >> >> news760EE4C-BA8D-4259-A33E-36E74998A25B@xxxxxx
    > >> >> > I've just spent the last few hours futilely trying to add the native
    > >> >> > 'Windows
    > >> >> > desktop search' to either my taskbar, or the sidebar as a gadget -
    > >> >> > but
    > >> >> > to
    > >> >> > no
    > >> >> > avail.
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > Does anyone have any idea how to provide this obvious piece of
    > >> >> > ergonomics
    > >> >> > &
    > >> >> > functionality?
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > I'm VERY suprised that this isn't an 'easy' thing to do...
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > Ben
    > >> >> >
    > >> >>
    > >> >>
    > >>
    > >>
    >
    >

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