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I am searching for a way to type a keyword in the start menu Search programs and files field and that it will return the application that match the keyword.

An example will better explain this:

Suppose that I want to start the powershell. Currently what I can type in the search field is


and the first item that appear is the 64bits powershell shortcut.

Now suppose that I'd like ps to return powershell as the first item of the search list. Currently, typing ps return all files with the .ps extension, along with a control panel options about recording steps but not the powershell executable itself.

How can I do that?

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A workaround can be to use a dedicated launcher instead of it. You can find more information at this related question. – Gnoupi May 5 '10 at 9:32
Good link @Gnoupi I think a third party solution will be the most efficient – Ivo Flipse May 5 '10 at 9:36
Oh and please add what Windows version you want this for @Pierre – Ivo Flipse May 5 '10 at 9:36
@Ivo I re-added the tag Windows 7 – Pierre-Alain Vigeant May 5 '10 at 15:19
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Create a shortcut somewhere in the Start Menu, name it "ps" and point it to PowerShell.

Keep in mind, though, that this will have separate console settings from the original shortcut.

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