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  1.    01 Dec 2015 #1
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    7-like alternative to windows 10 search function?


    Hey guys,
    So a few months ago I updated from windows 7 to 10, and for the most part I've liked the transition. But one key problem that's been persisting since the upgrade is the search function. Windows 7 had a very clean search bar, where you just typed in the name of the program and it came up. Now, not only do I have to make sure I'm actually searching instead of using the Cortana bar (which is in the exact same place), it nearly never actually finds the program i'm looking for, instead displaying web suggestions that usually have little to do with my actual search. Is there any sort of program I can use that replaces the search bar with a more useful one?
    Thanks in advance.
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  2.    01 Dec 2015 #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by WintertheMute View Post
    Hey guys,
    So a few months ago I updated from windows 7 to 10, and for the most part I've liked the transition. But one key problem that's been persisting since the upgrade is the search function. Windows 7 had a very clean search bar, where you just typed in the name of the program and it came up. Now, not only do I have to make sure I'm actually searching instead of using the Cortana bar (which is in the exact same place), it nearly never actually finds the program i'm looking for, instead displaying web suggestions that usually have little to do with my actual search. Is there any sort of program I can use that replaces the search bar with a more useful one?
    Thanks in advance.
    Classic Shell will get you a Windows 7 Start Menu including the W7-type search; very customizable.
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  3.    01 Dec 2015 #3
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    OMG. Thank you simrick. Very helpful link, makes me a happy camper!
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  4.    02 Dec 2015 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by vkaryl View Post
    OMG. Thank you simrick. Very helpful link, makes me a happy camper!
    You are quite welcome!
    It made my life easier with W8...

    Please go ahead and mark the thread as "solved".
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  5.    02 Dec 2015 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by WintertheMute View Post
    Hey guys,
    So a few months ago I updated from windows 7 to 10, and for the most part I've liked the transition. But one key problem that's been persisting since the upgrade is the search function. Windows 7 had a very clean search bar, where you just typed in the name of the program and it came up. Now, not only do I have to make sure I'm actually searching instead of using the Cortana bar (which is in the exact same place), it nearly never actually finds the program i'm looking for, instead displaying web suggestions that usually have little to do with my actual search. Is there any sort of program I can use that replaces the search bar with a more useful one?
    Thanks in advance.
    You have been searching in the wrong place, probably as a creature of habit.
    Click on Settings (bottom right hand corner) then All Settings box.
    In box at top right "Find a Setting" type what you are looking for and after two or three letters you will have a selection.
    This in my opinion is far superior to anything in W7, or any app such as Classic Shell.
    Hope this helps.
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  6.    03 Dec 2015 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by dencal View Post
    You have been searching in the wrong place, probably as a creature of habit.
    Click on Settings (bottom right hand corner) then All Settings box.
    In box at top right "Find a Setting" type what you are looking for and after two or three letters you will have a selection.
    This in my opinion is far superior to anything in W7, or any app such as Classic Shell.
    Hope this helps.
    I don't have a 'settings' option in the bottom right hand corner
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  7.    03 Dec 2015 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by WintertheMute View Post
    I don't have a 'settings' option in the bottom right hand corner
    I think he's referring to the "notification" icon.
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  8.    04 Dec 2015 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by WintertheMute View Post
    I don't have a 'settings' option in the bottom right hand corner
    I stand corrected "notification" icon, I too am a creature of habit as this is where I look for settings.
    There is also an alternative "Settings" option just above the "Power" button.
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  9.    04 Dec 2015 #9
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    Cortana and Bing work and find everything I want straight away
    I start to type what I want and Cortana has it up before I have even finished.
    So far she has not made one error
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  10.    04 Dec 2015 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by hTconeM9user View Post
    Cortana and Bing work and find everything I want straight away
    I start to type what I want and Cortana has it up before I have even finished.
    So far she has not made one error
    For general information Cortana and Bing are useful, but the original request was for "Program Search" for which you need to enter Settings.
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