Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Is there any way of customizing the behaviour of the search bar in the Start menu? It'd be useful to tell it to search particular directories or for particular file types.

I used to use Launchy for this, but it's unreasonably harsh on the CPU and HDD while it updates its index (which happens far too regularly) and shows no sign of being updated, and besides, I'd rather use a Windows-integrated feature.

share|improve this question

2 Answers 2

up vote 0 down vote accepted

Read the first part of my answer to this question. Go into the Indexing Setings window as discribed and instead of un-ticking everything, tick the things you want Windows to index. Things that are indexed are what Windows uses to search, so if you only choose to index the 'My Documents' folder for example, when you search the only results will be from folders/files in the 'My Documents' folder.

share|improve this answer
    
Thanks, this should do the trick. Not as versatile as Launchy, but I guess I can't expect too much! –  Will Vousden Jan 4 '10 at 19:56

I don't know specifically about Windows 7, but I think the Vista start menu acts similarly.

In Windows Vista, you can use keywords. For example,

aoeu name:fname tag:(Tag1, tag2) size:=17KB date:=Mon Jan 4 10 author:(Daniel)

Would search for

  • "aoeu"
  • in a file whose name included "fname"
  • tagged with Tag1 and tag2 (maybe OR, not AND; I don't use tags, so I'm not sure)
  • with a size of exactly 17 kilobytes
  • with a date of January 4th, 2010 (that's my short date format; you don't need to use the same format), and
  • with an author of Daniel

I'm also pretty sure that there's something like a type: option, but I don't know how to use it and I cand find it. I also can't find an official list of tags; I got this list from using the Advanced Search options in Windows Explorer.

Finally, a repeat of my previous disclaimer: some or all of these tags may have changed between Windows Vista and Windows 7.

share|improve this answer
    
This is also useful to know, thanks! –  Will Vousden Jan 4 '10 at 19:56

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.