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When you start typing in the Start Search box in Windows 7 (or Vista) Start Menu, applications are appearing in the list from which you can select them. My question is how can I add my applications so they appear in that list.

For example: I use many apps from Sysinternals like Process Explorer, AutoRun, .... I would like to launch them by starting typing and as soon as they appear in the list start the application.

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You can add it to your start menu folder to have it appear in the search box. Although from prior experience, just a shortcut sometimes doesn't work.

navigate to:

C:/ProgramData/Microsoft/Windows/Start Menu/

and drop your executable in there, you can even make a folder for it. Make sure it is named appropriately according to what you want to search for.

A great alternative to the above is Start++, you can make custom search strings for the Vista search box:

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Unfortunately Start++ doesn't work on Windows 7 as advertised. But it exactly what I'm looking for. +1 – Vadim Sep 12 '09 at 2:30
What about dropping the executable in the start menu folder? – John T Sep 12 '09 at 5:54
My Windows 7 doesn't have "Start Menu" folder in C:/ProgramData/Microsoft/Windows/ directory. However, I try to create it manually but it didn't work. – Vadim Sep 12 '09 at 13:29
The title says vista, maybe you should make it more clear what you are actually using. The windows 7 start menu is at C:\Users\yourUsername\Start Menu – John T Sep 12 '09 at 13:36

I think he just meant Vista indexing his programs so when he types put, putty appears or whatever.

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That was an original idea. But I'm looking for other options too. – Vadim Sep 12 '09 at 13:30

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