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

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Ben Cadet

#1
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]

#2
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
news:D760EE4C-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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B

Ben Cadet

#3
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
> news:D760EE4C-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]

#4
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
>> news:D760EE4C-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

#5
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
> >> news:D760EE4C-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]

#6
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
>> >> news:D760EE4C-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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#7
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.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/126499-search-desktop-shortcut.html

I hope this helps you,
Shawn
 

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Ben Cadet

#8
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
> >> >> news:D760EE4C-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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