Can "Search Everywhere" be added to the desktop context menu?

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  1. Posts : 43
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    Can "Search Everywhere" be added to the desktop context menu?


    Greetings, I'd like to first express my utmost gratitude for the knowledge and guidance that is provided here.

    Perhaps it goes without saying that I use Windows 10, I would love to add the "Search Everywhere" command to the desktop context menu. Is it possible?
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  2. Posts : 17,832
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    risug said:
    Greetings, I'd like to first express my utmost gratitude for the knowledge and guidance that is provided here.

    Perhaps it goes without saying that I use Windows 10, I would love to add the "Search Everywhere" command to the desktop context menu. Is it possible?
    Hi risug, welcome to tenforums.com! :)

    "Search Everywhere" as in Cortana, or something else?
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  3. Posts : 43
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    Thread Starter
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    Hello Edwin, thank you very much for the response.
    The following is exactly what I would like to be able to access via the desktop context menu (I don't know if it is part of Cortana or not. I have Cortana turned off, but I can access the Search Everywhere panel via the magnifying glass icon in the Windows System folder in the Start menu.)

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  4. Posts : 17,832
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    @ risug:
    You need to be signed on as Administrator and show 'Hidden Files and Folders'.
    Navigate to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs, right click on the 'Search' shortcut, (magnifying glass), and choose Properties;
    in the 'Target' dialog copy the CLSID only, ( it should be {C90FB8CA-3295-4462-A721-2935E83694BA}), and paste it into notepad, including the brackets, for later.

    Next, open the Windows Registry and navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell,
    right click on shell and choose 'New'►Key and name it Search Everywhere; (you can also double click on the default string in the right pane and name it Search Everywhere as well;
    now, back to the left pane,
    right click on the Search Everywhere key and choose 'New'►'Key', (you're going to create a sub-key), and name it command,
    in the right pane of that subkey, right click and choose 'New'►'String Value' and name it DelegateExecute, press Enter twice and add the the CLSID as the Value Data.
    Close the Registry
    You should have the following:
    (it should allow you to invoke the Search from the Desktop and any Explorer window except 'This PC' and 'Quick Access'.)

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  5. Posts : 52
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    @Edwin Thanks,was the exact config I was also looking for.
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  6. Posts : 43
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    Thread Starter
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    Edwin, you are a scholar and a gentlemen. Many, many thanks to you good sir.
    For the sake of knowledge, how do you put the "Search Everywhere" command in only the desktop context menu?
    Last edited by risug; 13 Jan 2016 at 13:50. Reason: Punctuation.
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  7. Posts : 17,832
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    risug said:
    Edwin, you are a scholar and a gentlemen. Many, many thanks to you good sir.
    T'was my pleasure. :)

    For the sake of knowledge, how do you put the "Search Everywhere" command in only the desktop context menu?
    I believe you would need to do the aforemention at: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell
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  8. Posts : 43
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    Thread Starter
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    Thank you Sensei. :)
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  9. Posts : 43
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    Thread Starter
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    To have "Search Everywhere" in just the desktop right-click menu I had to go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\shell

    Again, you're a saint Edwin. Thank you.
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  10. Posts : 17,832
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    risug said:
    To have "Search Everywhere" in just the desktop right-click menu I had to go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\shell
    *Snap* That was it! Sorry bout that!
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