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.

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