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Power Up Your Start Menu Search Box in Windows Vista

Vista Start Menu Health Without Start++

Coolness:  0.5
Usefulness: 0.8
Show-Off Factor: 3.9

Vista Start Menu Health With Start++

Coolness:  14.2
Usefulness: 999.9
Show-Off Factor: 24.9

As you can see, significant stat increases just from installing Brandon Paddock’s Start++ Start menu enhancement, mostly in the area of usefulness. What’s this all about, you ask?

Start++ is a small add-on application that lets you create aliases of words and characters to commands or searches. You can set the commands to run with administrator privileges. You can even save commands as “Startlets” and share them with your friends.

Here are some Start++ usage examples:

  • Search Google by typing in g <keyword>
  • Search Dictionary by using d <keyword>
  • Search Wikipedia by using w <keyword>
  • Search IMDB by using imdb <keyword>
  • Search anywhere by making a custom search command:
     
  • Use sudo before any command to make it run as administrator:
     
    Finally, a sudo command for Windows Vista!
  • Search for music to play and open in Media Player. You could use “Play Nickleback”, for example. I’m looking forward to testing out these commands.
  • Start++ even works from the command prompt.
  • Create an alias for anything you want. You could set “i” to open Internet explorer, and “f” for Firefox, for instance.

Download Start++ From Brandon Paddock’s site now.

I’d also recommend subscribing to the Start++ updates feed on Brandon Paddock’s site, because he’s been releasing new versions left and right.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/25/07

Comments (3)

  1. adam

    that program uses 10% CPU constantly… is this normal?

  2. The Geek

    It didn’t on my machine… I haven’t tried the latest version though.

  3. tom

    kool

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