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How to Create a Search Shortcut on the Desktop in Windows 8.1


Do you do a lot of searching in Windows Explorer? You can make it quicker and easier for yourself with a custom shortcut on your Desktop. We’ll show you how to create a shortcut that opens Windows Explorer ready for you to begin a search.

Right-click in any empty space on the Desktop and select New | Shortcut from the popup menu.


On the Create Shortcut dialog box, enter the following in the Type the location of the item edit box.

%windir%\explorer.exe search-ms:

Click Next.


Enter a name for the shortcut, such as Search, in the Type a name for this shortcut edit box. Click Finish.


The shortcut is created where you originally selected New | Shortcut. You can move it to where you want it on the Desktop.


Simply double-click the shortcut to open a Windows Explorer window ready for your search term, as shown at the beginning of this article. You can also right-click on the shortcut and pin it to the Taskbar or pin it to the Start screen.

Lori Kaufman is a freelance technical writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

  • Published 01/14/14

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