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    Search Companion (Windows XP)

    Is there a file name for Search Companion or a place in the Windows or Programs
    hidden folder where it is stored? I can bring it up by hitting the Windows Key +the F
    key, but I want to pin it to the Start menu and can't find it's file?

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    Re: Search Companion (Windows XP)

    By default Search should appear in WIN XP Start Menu. If not, recommend right-click Start button, select Properties, then click "Customize" button on Start Menu tab to open Customize Start Menu dialog. Click Advanced Tab, then scroll down "Start Menu Items" list and ensure that "Search" is selected. See attached illustration.

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    Re: Search Companion (Windows XP)

    Mark--
    Thanks. I have done that previously by going to Properties>Advanced. I am using the
    XP view but I tried the classsic view and could show the Search Companion that way.
    But I don't like Classic View. I triple checked, and using the XP design view, I have
    checked Search on the advanced tab, but it doesn't show up. I know it is "below" on
    the right hand side the other items. I have checked Small Icons to mazimize what will
    show up there, but the things on the right of the start menu are in large icon format
    and that's what's keeping it from showing up.
    Is the screen shot you captured of that dialogue box from Win2K, because it's not
    the one I have in Grey--just curious--mine looks more like the XP Gui in white.

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    Re: Search Companion (Windows XP)

    First go to 'Display Properties'>'Appearance' tab and make sure font size is 'Normal'. Then click on the 'Effects' button and clear the "use large icons' box. 'OK'>'Apply'>'OK'.

    Now right-click start>'Properties'>'Customize' button>'General' tab and make sure 'Small icons' is selected & 'Number of programs on Start menu' is 0 (this stops the automatic placement of apps you use frequently), then the 'Advanced' tab you can select whatever you choose to appear.

    Below is a screenshot of everything selected to appear on right side and 13 items of my choice pinned to start menu. You can put more or less. (This is just an example for demonstration purposes as I don't like but a very few items in start menu.)
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    Re: Search Companion (Windows XP)

    Excellent Bruce. That did it. I have been using the Appearances and other Display
    tabs to get different effects and I had large icons on the desktop which made them
    easier to see but also took up more desktop real estate. I try not to load the desktop
    with icons, but I send a lot of shortcuts there and then put them in different related
    files.
    So the tradeoff is large icons for other icons to have room on the Start Menu.
    Thanks because I had made a lot of futile trips to right clicking the start menu,
    and going to the Properties Advance tab and gotten no where. I also tried to
    use Tweak UI for XP which has some great features for getting multiple Windows
    to flash in milliseconds and other features as do many of the other XP tweaking
    tools available but I couldn't get it done.
    Although I couldn't find it's file or folder, I did think of the obvious way to get the
    Search Companion onto my desktop besides the convenient way of hitting the
    Windows Key +F--I just put up the Search window and dragged the iconnette
    at the upper left from the title bar onto the desktop. Then I got what I wanted by dragging the
    icon onto the start menu in the place above the line where you can pin where it is
    even when I go back and check large icons. But I still want to find a list of
    all the filepath's--there has got to be an application or URL that does this or book.

    Many thanks.

    In a slightly related question, do you know where I can go within Microsoft's
    sites or anywhere to find a list of all the files (arguments?) if that's a strict dos
    command term than I mean file paths so that I can search for different files and
    send them places like to shortcut them to the desktop because a lot of people
    in the lounge are good at knowing the names of different filepaths for folders within
    Windows flavors including XP and within Office.

    Thanks very much for nailing this.

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    Re: Search Companion (Windows XP)

    You are welcome. I'm glad you are happy with the results <IMG SRC=http://www.krymow.com/images/cloud9.gif>

    Now, in the Properties of the start button, you can go back and change to large icons and it will work - as long as small icons is selected in Effects of Display Properties.

    I personally dislike icons on the desktop as well and believe a place for everything and everything in its place.

    I have yet to locate residence of the Search Companion, but am looking. The XP In A Nutshell site above has many of the executable paths available on the filename of the Windows component in the left-hand column, but unfortunately, Search is not among them.

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    Re: Search Companion (Windows XP)

    Well, you and Bruce have worked out the solution to your Start Menu problem, so you may not care about THIS bit of trivia. Ever since this morning when I read your post in the Software board on the Search Companion topic, I've been looking. Not steadily, of course, but every time I've gotten a free minute or two. I've looked at most of the .MSC files, and in the Microsoft KB and NOT been able to come up with the answer either. There's something crawling around in my gut that makes me think the Search Companion is a "command line" option in Explorer.

    Anyway, a few minutes ago, just for grins, I created an EMPTY text file and put it on my desktop for testing. I RENAMED the file XXX.FND and when you double-click it, guess what happens? Try it.....

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    Re: Search Companion (Windows XP)

    Thanks Bruce. I use the site, but didn't realize that it had a list of files. I'll check it out.
    You can go and check large icons and get them large, but it shoves some icons (3) off
    the top "Pin to Start" menu and the bottom--but now I know the things I can do with it
    and it's a trade off--you have so much real estate and can build only X sized icons on
    it. I noticed if you switch back to Windows classic mode, you'll might not get your
    most recent listed, but you'll fit more on. A matter of style I guess. But I was able to
    drag the icon from Search onto the desktop and then onto the Pin to Start area.

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    Re: Search Companion (Windows XP)

    Al--I'm always interested in what you write. I am continuing to search for a file listing
    or application. I bet Tech TV has a utility for free download that does this.
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    "Anyway, a few minutes ago, just for grins, I created an EMPTY text file and put it on my desktop for testing. I RENAMED the file XXX.FND and when you double-click it, guess what happens? Try it....."
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    I tried this but I'm not sure if I duplicated what you did. I right clicked the desktop and
    made a new folder on the desktop and renamed it. Nothing special happened. You must
    have created a file somewhere else and then renamed the file path. Just how did you
    do this and where--didn't I do something different from what you were telling me?
    Also where did you get the idea to do this? I'm thinking you made a file name or file
    syntax or path I guess it would be called, but where and what did it do? I'm anxious to
    try it if I can figure out where I went wrong.

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    Re: Search Companion (Windows XP)

    <hr>.....I right clicked the desktop and made a new folder on the desktop and renamed it.<hr>
    No, don't make a FOLDER. Make a TEXT file. The file should be empty and that's OK. It will have a name like (something).TXT and you should change that name to (something).FND at which time Windows will "complain" about you changing the file. Do it anyway. You'll end up with a file that could be placed anywhere on your hard drive. You obviously don't want it on your desktop. But if you tuck it away in a folder somewhere, you could THEN put a shortcut to it in your start menu, on you QuickLaunch bar or anywhere. When you open this file called (something).FND it will open the Search Companion. Lemme know if you get it to work.

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    Re: Search Companion (Windows XP)

    Big Al,

    Far as I can tell the "Search Companion" is a component of Windows Explorer, not a separate program you're gonna find an .EXE file for. Your comment:
    <hr>There's something crawling around in my gut that makes me think the Search Companion is a "command line" option in Explorer.
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    piqued my curiosity, so digging around the MSKB yielded this article:

    <A target="_blank" HREF="http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;q307856">Customize the Windows Explorer Views in Windows XP
    </A>
    The article indicates there are in fact several command-line switches for Explorer.exe, however, none of these apparently will force the Search Companion to open. Your suggestion to simply create a desktop shortcut for a saved search (.FND file) is the simplest solution for this issue, I tried it using a bogus saved search & works fine.

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    Re: Search Companion (Windows XP)

    Yes, that is true you can only hold so many Items there, but I don't know what you keep in there and thought you might want the large icons instead if you don't have too much. Me, well, I only keep 5 or 6 things pinned on the left and I never use the recent documents or some of that other stuff on the right.

    <IMG SRC=http://www.krymow.com/images/icon_magnify.gif> I did the text rename to .fnd and it brings up the Search Companion, so I think Al may have had in mind creating a shortcut, pinning to start menu and then you may rename it whatever you deem appropriate.

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    Re: Search Companion (Windows XP)

    Al sorry to be dense--I thought you meant make a file not a folder--but how and from where?
    Do you mean File>Save---but that wouldn't be what you mean because that would save
    a web page in some form. If you would humor me, can you give me the steps. I can rename
    it if I can only figure out how and where you make the file.

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    Re: Search Companion (Windows XP)

    Open Notepad, (don't put anything in it) then 'File'>'Save as' then name it "Search" or whatever, save to desktop, close Notepad and you will see it on your desktop.

    Then right-click, select 'Rename' and change the '.txt' to 'fnd' and there you have it. Now click on it and you will see it opens the Search Companion. But you know probably this is the same as hitting F3 or selecting Search in your start up menu.

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    Re: Search Companion (Windows XP)

    Thanks for the clarifying boost, Bruce. Defrag, I had in mind right-clicking the desktop, selecting New Text Document and pressing enter. You really don't even have to open the file, it'll already be empty. Then just do the rename as Bruce said. If you're gonna use this route, it would be better (less desktop clutter) if you then put the file somewhere else on your hard drive. You could THEN pin it somewhere on your Start Menu.

    In the final analysis, again as Bruce said, it's really easier for me to hit the Win-F key when I want to search. Cheers.....

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