When I type stuff in the Windows 7 search box in Explorer, it keeps updating and searching as I type which is annoying, frustrating, and pointless. Is there a way to get Windows to knock it off and let me finish constructing my query and press Enter before it starts searching?
I'm pretty sure this is a feature and cannot be turned off. Turning it off would essentially relegate the functionality back to XP.
Try turning off "find partial matches"
Choose Start > Documents. In the upper-left area, click the down-arrow next to Organize. Choose Folder and Search Options. Select the Search tab.
I do not have a solution for the Explorer functionality, but my workaround is to pop open Notepad and type whatever I want to search for, then copy it and paste that into Explorer. (I do this for Google searches as well now that Google behaves like Windows 7 thanks to its Instant Search function.)
My Notepad solution involves a keyboard hotkey, so you can put a shortcut to Notepad on your desktop or somethwere, right-click it, select Properties, and type a shortcut key in the appropriate field. (I use T.)
My sentiments are that keyboard > mouse, so my process ends up being:
- Open Notepad (e.g., Ctrl+Alt+T)
- Type my search terms
- Select all (Ctrl+A)
- Copy (Ctrl+C or Ctrl+Ins)
- Switch to the Explorer Window (e.g., Alt+Tab)
- Activate the search field (Ctrl+F or F3)
- Paste (Ctrl+V or Shift+Ins)
- Search (Enter or just wait a second for it to automatically search)
It seems lengthy but is actually quite quick.
Annoying as hell, I agree, but easy to get around. Before you type anything else, type a row of X's. It'll start to throw up X-box, etc, but when you get to about five X's it'll shut its mouth in bafflement and you can type in your search in peace, like so: 'xxxxxxxwhy does google copy every damn thing I type in without letting me finish?'. You can even make typos without a single red wavy line appearing. Peace at last. Just highlight and delete the X's before hitting 'enter'. Soooo much better for your blood pressure, I find :)
As a work around, search in uppercase. This seems to work for me.
In Windows Explorer, go to Organize → "Folder and search options". Go to the View tab, scroll down, and under "When typing into list view" select "Select the typed item in the view".