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How to add an AD search shortcut to your start menu in Server 2008

There’s a quick way to do searches in Active Directory right from your start menu. We’ll show you how.

We’ll start by right-clicking on the desktop and choosing New | Shortcut.

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Next, we’ll enter our shortcut path, “rundll32 dsquery,OpenQueryWindow”

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Now we just need to rename our shortcut. Right-click and choose Rename.

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Once we have a memorable name, we’ll want to right-click the shortcut and select Pin to Start Menu.

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Now when we go to our Start Menu, we see our new shortcut right at the top. Once we click on it…

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…it takes us directly to the Active Directory Find Box.

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This shortcut saves us precious seconds, and saving time is always a great thing for system admins.

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  • Published 12/11/09

Comments (1)

  1. Johann

    nice trick, but how can you manage that the right click menu is working correct with this direct short… i mean it’s not possible to reset a password for a found user and so on… only the options “open homepage”,”send mail” and “Properties” are availible

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