Windows 10: windows start menu search Solved

  1.    27 May 2017 #1

    windows start menu search

    i can't seem to see that windows finds simple "apps"\(programs)" like the blizzard app, twitch app etc...

    is there some setting that enables me to do this? so far i narrowed it down to the indexing of files. maybe that'll do something.

    every time i search for "twitch" you know from the curse app turned twitch app, all i get are folders starting with " tv "...
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    28 May 2017 #2

    Hi, if I rephrase the problem (I don't 'know' anything about curses or witch apps I'm afraid): I think it's

    Using Cortana's search, certain programs I have installed aren't found, for example trying to find 'blizzard' or 'twitch' lists folders starting with 'tv'......

    1. If you examine the content of your start menu, is there a shortcut called Blizzard or Twitch?

    2. If you examine the content of
    %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

    can you find these shortcuts there?

    If they are not present, they cannot be found...

    Can you confirm you can find other program shortcuts using search?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    28 May 2017 #3

    ah i think i started not to create start menu shortcuts for some reason. and i can find the programs in there i just can't search for them.

    it can just find the folders i think, but when i search for steam i only get a text document even though i got it installed.

    is there a way other than reinstalling programs to enable start menu shortcuts?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    28 May 2017 #4

    1. You can't drag 'n drop shortcuts on to the Win 10 start menu.
    2. You can create the shortcuts in the folders above, then check they appear in the start menu.
    3. If you install Classic Shell start menu (free, excellent) then you can
    a. Create shortcuts and drag and drop them on to its start menu display (which can be configured to expand in columns, the easiest I find).
    b. Use it to check the start menu content if unsure what's really there. (Win 10's start menu can be very inaccurate when faced with a nested folder structure).

    To return to the Win 10 start menu you can simply close Classic Shell start menu and you can launch the Win 10 start menu with a hot key combination.

    Note: if creating shortcuts in the start menu for a program, then make sure that if you installed the program only for the current user, you put the shortcut in the appropriate folder only.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5. Posts : 19,914
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       28 May 2017 #5

    Are you attempting to find easier ways to search for files and folders?
    Are you attempting to create shortcuts to open applications?
    Please clarify.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    28 May 2017 #6

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Untitled.png 
Views:	1 
Size:	47.3 KB 
ID:	137077

    Notice the buttons at the top. The one selected searches indexed files and folders. The one to its left, apps.

    Perhaps a screenshot or two might illustrate what you're trying to do and seeing.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    28 May 2017 #7

    trying to fiure out why i can't search for things i've installed but i think i know now cause i installed stuff without a "shortcut" during the install.
    cause when i search for like paint, it shows. but not steam since i dont had the "tick" for create shortcuts when installing it.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails start menu 2.png   start menu.png  
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8.    28 May 2017 #8

    Then you should be able to simply find the executable (for e.g. Steam), then create a shortcut (test it) then as said above either

    a. drag that into the Start Menu as expressed by Classic Shell
    b. into the appropriate folder of the two above and check it appears in the Start Menu.

    Failing that reinstall/update the program in question.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  9. Posts : 19,914
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       28 May 2017 #9

    Check this out to see if you like it. It's one of my favorite applications.
    The fastest way to search for anything is with software that will index every file on all of your drives (internal, external, usb etc).
    Then as you enter a character it will immediately display results.
    The more characters that you enter the narrower the results.
    There is no waiting like with file explorer searches.
    The search results are instantaneous.
    The software is free and available from downloads or directly from the publisher.
    Everything search or search everything.
    You can have it run on boot. If you use it frequently then the increase in boot time is ok. Alternatively if you use it infrequently then you can turn it off on boot and wait for it to index each time it is used.
    Once you find a file that you want to view you can right click on it and create a short cut.
    Everything - Free download and software reviews - CNET
      My ComputerSystem Spec


Related Threads
Hi I have a clean install of windows 10 with bootcamp on a macbook 13 early 2015 using the iso downloaded from microsoft. I've also enabled compact os. I have this same problem: Windows 10 Search can't find ANY applications. Even calculator -...
When you open the start menu, is there a way that when you start typing, it displays only programs installed starting with those letters? Or at least show more than just the top 3 options? In windows 8.1 you could have just your programs...
Solved Windows 10 Start Menu Search in General Support
Hi, Search in Windows new start menu is annoying, each time web search using bing results are also shown, which is really unwanted. Using :: Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Search We can enable the...
I'm still having to use Stardock Start10 to use the keyboard to find non-store-app programs. Whenever I use the native Start menu and use the keyboard to enter the non-store-app program name it only finds useless hits among documents and junk (I...
For example previously on Windows 10 I just used to type "CC" and CCleaner used to show up and I pressed enter. Now I open start menu, type CC and it shows all web results. How do I add a shortcut there?
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 19:30.
Find Us