How to Search the Internet from the Start Menu in Windows 7

The new Search feature in Windows 7 has greatly improved for navigating your PC. But how neat would it be to search the Internet from the Start Menu? Here we show you how to do it.

This method uses Group Policy Editor which is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

First type gpedit.msc into the Search box in the Start Menu and hit Enter.

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When Group Policy Editor opens navigate to User Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Start Menu and Taskbar. Then double-click on Add Search Internet link to Start Menu.

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In the screen that comes up select Enable, click OK, and close out of Group Policy Editor.

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Now when you want to search for something in the Start Menu, you’ll see an extra link so you can search the Internet.

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Then your search query will open up in your favorite browser…

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This is kind of a neat little trick that will give you more searching options from the Start Menu. It can actually come in handy if you don’t have a browser session open and want to search the web quickly.

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+