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When I open windows' control panel, click the search bar and start typing, it always lose focus after typing in one character. If I click it again to regain focus, the problem wouldn't happen again. I'm wondering if this is a feature or a bug? As far as I can tell it happens in windows 7 and 8.

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I too found the same problem with a new W7 laptop, but have a solution.

The answer it to make sure you have your Control Panel window set to VIEW BY: CATEGORY

As much as you may hate this setting, it's worth the pain to avoid the Windows bug. In fact, with this setting not only does the 'focus lost after first keystroke' problem go away, but you will also find the search box is given initial focus when you first open the control panel window. Very important for keyboard addicts!

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THanks this works! I do hate view by category, but this approach solves the problem. – Xun Yang Aug 13 '14 at 13:05

When you type the first character in the control panel's search bar then it shows the result of the programs that started with that character and move the focus to that list. You can call it feature but if you don't get the name in that list and you have to type the full name in search bar to get the specific program.

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Thanks avirk! It's the type of feature I don't really get though :) – Xun Yang Jan 14 '13 at 13:16

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