Windows 10: Search applications when pressing Windows key?

Discus and support Search applications when pressing Windows key? in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; In Windows 7/8/8.1 I would press the Start/Windows button and start typing the name of a program (ie: Firefox, Word, etc) and it would pop up, learn,... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by mvalpreda, Jul 17, 2015.

  1. mvalpreda Win User

    Search applications when pressing Windows key?


    In Windows 7/8/8.1 I would press the Start/Windows button and start typing the name of a program (ie: Firefox, Word, etc) and it would pop up, learn, and as I did the same thing in the future.....I would just press Windows key, type wor, and Word would pop up and I press enter. Don't need to take my hands off the keyboard.

    Windows 10 does not do that. I type Word and get Wordpad. I type Firefox and get 'Download Firefox - Free web browser', Secure (for SecureCRT) give me 'SecureCRT (file folder)', even though these apps are installed. Is there a way to put the apps in the search?

    :)
     
    mvalpreda, Jul 17, 2015
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  2. Remonator Win User

    Search doesn't open results when pressing Enter

    Hey Abdul,

    thanks for your reply.

    First off, I'm happy to say that for me the issue could be solved by putting the PC to sleep, wake it and then it was fine again, even after restarting it didn't appear again so far... strange.

    Before that I tried using the troubleshooter but it wasn't of any help because there is no such issue listed, and after providing a brief description it didn't find a solution.

    No, it was not only Microsoft Office applications though, it happened also with other apps like calculator (e.g. typing "calc") or weather, Thunderbird, etc.

    I've had some problems with my graphic card a few days before why I had to shut down and unplug the PC several times... Perhaps it could be related to this?

    Anyways, regards and thanks for your help!
     
    Remonator, Jul 17, 2015
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  3. Abdul_Malik Win User
    Search doesn't open results when pressing Enter

    Hi,



    Welcome and thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community.



    I appreciate you for providing details about the issue and your efforts towards resolving it.

    I will certainly help you.




    • Is the issue confined with Microsoft Office applications?
    Let us run Search and Indexing troubleshooter and check if it helps.

    • Press Windows key + X on the keyboard.
    • Click on Control panel.
    • Type “Troubleshooting” without quotes in the Control panel
      search box.
    • Click on Troubleshooting and click on View all.
    • Click on Search and Indexing troubleshooter and follow the on-screen instructions.


    Hope it helps.



    Let us know the status, we are glad to assist you further.
     
    Abdul_Malik, Jul 17, 2015
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  4. RumHound Win User

    Search applications when pressing Windows key?

    Ensure Included Locations in Control Panel, Indexing Options includes Start Menu. Select Advanced, Rebuild to ensure the index is current and optimum.
     
    RumHound, Jul 18, 2015
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  5. mvalpreda Win User
    No dice. Rebuilt it twice. This is going to bug me.
     
    mvalpreda, Jul 19, 2015
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  6. Mystere Win User
    Windows does in fact do that... By default you get other search results as well, but if you have the app installed, it will show it in the search results. Are you using the latest version? Because there were a number of builds where this functionality did not work well.
     
    Mystere, Jul 19, 2015
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  7. mvalpreda Win User
    Should be 10240.

    Have no problem getting other search results. Just want the applications first. 7/8/8.1 were like that.
     
    mvalpreda, Jul 19, 2015
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  8. Mystere Win User

    Search applications when pressing Windows key?

    Well, don't know what to tell you, it works fine here. You may have to reinstall, which.. if you didn't save the esd file, might mean waiting until MS makes the ISO available.
     
    Mystere, Jul 19, 2015
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  9. Slartybart Win User
    See if this settings change helps.

    Press the Taskbar Cortana search icon (magnifying glass) or however you normally launch Cortana, then
    press the gear (settings) on the left hand side
    Slide Search online and include web results to OFF


    Search applications when pressing Windows key? [​IMG]

    The results seem to be from the start menu, but I haven't tested an everywhere search yet. Still, it is better than getting web results when you only want results from your PC.

    +edit
    When I used Word as the search string this is what I got back - wordpad is first, but it also includes Word 2016 as the next result.


    Search applications when pressing Windows key? [​IMG]
    -edit

    You can also navigate to the All users Start menu and pin the Win8 style search to Start or Taskbar ... for some reason though Windows keeps removing that icon.

    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Search.lnk

    Or.... paste the following into the Target field of the new shortcut.
    %windir%\system32\rundll32.exe -sta {C90FB8CA-3295-4462-A721-2935E83694BA}
     
    Slartybart, Jul 19, 2015
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  10. mvalpreda Win User
    Turned off all that on Cortana and now going to rebuild the index. I would only get 'Desktop app' results and not get 'Apps' as an option.
     
    mvalpreda, Jul 19, 2015
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  11. Slartybart Win User
    Ok, just thought of something ... make sure that both the All Users Start menu is indexed (it should be), and your personal Start menu is indexed (usually not because it's in AppData)

    So if the shortcuts applications you want to search (WinKey type name) are installed in your Start menu, they probably won't be found. You could look first (right click hte Start menu tile, select open file location) ... or ...

    add
    %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

    to your index options. To use the new location sooner, rebuild the index, or wait a few hours and let the crawler pick up the new entries in it's rounds.
     
    Slartybart, Jul 19, 2015
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  12. mvalpreda Win User
    Everything I care about it is in %programdata%\microsoft\windows\start menu which appears to be in the indexing already.
     
    mvalpreda, Jul 19, 2015
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  13. Rocky Win User

    Search applications when pressing Windows key?

    I just tried this on several different apps, including Word and Google Chrome. This feature works on my computer.
     
    Rocky, Jul 19, 2015
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  14. Slartybart Win User
    Ok, thanks ... has the index been rebuilt do the search results include Apps now?

    A screen shot might help
    Seeing what you see always helps members on this side of your monitor.
    Here's how you can grab a screen shot that shows the issue and attach it to a new post.
    Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Ten Forums - Windows 10 Forums
     
    Slartybart, Jul 19, 2015
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  15. mvalpreda Win User
    It is in the middle of indexing now. There are a lot of items to get through!
     
    mvalpreda, Jul 19, 2015
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