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    Windows 10 file search box

    How can I get a file search capability on my Start button? All I can do right now is click Settings, and enter Search in the text box. Some Cortana stuff comes up, I use it (with not so good results) to search My Stuff. At the end of the search, it all goes away.

    All I want to do from the Start button is to search My Stuff with a minimum number of clicks. I don't want to speak to the nice lady, and I don't want to search the web.

    Is this the best Windows 10 can do?
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    Lou,

    Type you search term them click on the My Stuff button:
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    Results:
    LouResults.JPG

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    Silly me, I was looking for a box to type it in.

    Ya just click the Start button and start typing. Cool!

    BTW, do you spend much time in Madison, Wisconsin? You look quite a lot like this guy.

    Also, what's that black vertical bar at the left side of your screen? Windows 8?
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    Lou,

    No it's my Win 10 Home Laptop.

    Don't click the start button just click in the "Search the web and Windows" (aka the Cortana box with Cortana turned off) box.
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    No, I've never actually been to Wisconsin! Boy I sure hope Charles doesn't see this post...you shouldn't insult people like that Lou! ROTFLOL.gif

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    I don't have a box like that, and I don't know how to get it. I've been trying, but no success.

    I don't have that little monitor-like icon next to your Start button, either. All I have is this thing, which looks like you should be able to drag it to resize something, but it doesn't budge. (It's barely visible. Look at the end of the red arrow.)

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    Hi Lou,

    It sounds like you want Cortana to search just your local file system rather than carry out a combined internet/local file system search. Try this:

    1. Click in the Cortana search dialog. By default, the Home icon should be highlighted in the left-hand menu bar.
    2. Click on the Settings icon, i.e. the gearwheel in the left-hand menu bar.
    3. Deselect the default Search online and include web results toggle, i.e. turn the toggle from On to Off.

    (Just be aware that Cortana appears to be 'buggy', i.e. after making this change I couldn't change it back. )

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    It's buggier than that. As I understand it, some people are able to get the Cortana search box to appear on their taskbar, just to the right of the start button. Try as I might, I've never been able to make that happen.

    The best I've been able to do is to put a Search icon on the taskbar, but it comes and goes.
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    Hi Lou,

    It's normally located on the bottom left, next to the Start Menu button, but it seems like it might be hidden for some reason.


    To show the search bar, right click on an empty spot on the task bar, go to Search (at the top of the menu) then select 'Show search box'.
    search bar.png


    If you need more info about search in Windows 10, there are some helpful tips here: https://lookeen.com/blog/desktop-search-in-windows-10 & https://lookeen.com/blog/how-to-fix-...earch-problems

    Hope this helps!

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    Thanks! That got me there, but via a slightly different route.

    When I right click the taskbar, I don't get the Search menu item. Instead, I get Cortana. Clicking the little right arrow on that item gets me the Show search box item.

    The links you provided are also very helpful. I had discovered some of the stuff in File explorer, but this was a pretty thorough explanation.

    BTW, welcome to the Lounge! It looks like you'll be very useful here.
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    Or, better still, switch to a combination of Agent Ransack and Search Everything, choosing whichever is more appropriate for the particular search.

    http://www.voidtools.com/

    http://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack

    JPL

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