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.


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


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


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


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


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


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

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