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Windows 7: Search the web directly from your taskbar

20 June 2010 by J.M.

Windows Vista offers you the option to “Search the Internet”, directly above the search box in your start menu. The new Windows 7 does not contain this shortcut anymore, Microsoft has removed it from the start menu. If you like to, you can re-integrate it.

Search the Internet

To re-add the fast web search into your start menu, do the following steps:

  1. Press the keyboard shortcut [Windows key] + [R] to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Enter the regedit command, and confirm with OK.
  3. In the Windows registry editor, navigate to the following folder:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Policies/Microsoft

  4. Then, right-click the sub-folder Windows and choose the option New > Key. Overwrite the default name New key #1 with the label Explorer.
  5. Then, right-click the new sub-folder Explorer and choose the option New > DWORD value. Replace the text New value #1 with the following name:

    AddSearchInternetLinkInStartMenu

  6. Confirm your entry with OK.
  7. Now, double-click AddSearchInternetLinkInStartMenu, enter the value 1, then confirm with OK.
  8. You’re done. After your next reboot, the new command “Search the Internet” will appear when you enter a search term into your start menu search box.


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