How to Search in the Start Menu Without Typing as Many Characters

By Lowell Heddings on September 4th, 2010

Over at Digital Inspiration, they’ve posted an extremely interesting tip that we’d never heard about before: you can search in the Start Menu without having to type the entire word for applications or Control Panel items that have multiple words—all you have to do is type the first initials.

For example, if you wanted to start Windows Media Player, instead of typing it all into the start menu search box you could simply type the initials w m p and Windows will find it.

Here’s a video of it in action, or you can read more over at Digital Inspiration.

How to Launch Programs from Windows Start Menu Quickly [Digital Inspiration]

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 09/4/10
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