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How To Use The Search Feature in Almost any App on Windows 8


Searching in Windows 8 has changed significantly, in fact at first you might think that all most Metro apps “lack” a search function altogether. Read on to find out how you can use the search feature in almost any app in Windows 8.

Using the Mouse

Move your mouse to the bottom right-hand corner of your screen, or press the Windows + C combination to bring up the Charms bar, then go ahead and click on the Search Charm.


On the right hand side you will be given a list of apps that support searching in one way or another, select the app you wish to search.


If you look at the top of the sidebar you will notice that the search context will have changed to the app you selected. Go ahead and type something in the search box and press enter.


On the left-hand side you will see your app open and display the results of your query.


Using the Keyboard

If you would rather use the keyboard you could press the Win + F keyboard combination and go straight to the search screen.


That’s all there is to it.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 09/3/12

Comments (4)

  1. Patrick

    I guess, everyone knows that…

  2. Mehdi Akram


  3. Nilesh

    You can also just just start typing in many apps like the Store app and even in the Start screen.

  4. Michael

    What about searching files on one’s PC?

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