Windows 10: How to add stuff in Windows Start menu search?

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  1.    29 Jul 2015 #1

    How to add stuff in Windows Start menu search?


    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?
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       30 Jul 2015 #2

    You can always pin CCleaner to Start when the search has found it. Right click and choose Pin to Start (mine is already pinned hence the Unpin option).

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  3.    30 Jul 2015 #3

    Boozad said: View Post
    You can always pin CCleaner to Start when the search has found it. Right click and choose Pin to Start (mine is already pinned hence the Unpin option).

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    But what about apps there aren't already there? How do I add those?
    For example I simply cannot open uTorrent unless I open up a torrent file.

    And I want uTorrent and CCleaner to show up in search. Not pin them to start where they will be visible permanently.
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    W7 Pro x64 | W10 IP x64 | Linux Mint VM
       30 Jul 2015 #4

    They should show up in search results if they're installed.
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  5.    30 Jul 2015 #5

    Boozad said: View Post
    They should show up in search results if they're installed.
    Well they ain't
    Atleast uTorrent and CCleaner aren't showing up.
    Yes, I ticked their options to install in start menu during their installations.
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  6.    30 Jul 2015 #6

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    Check this out. Not even Windows Update is showing up in search.
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  7.    30 Jul 2015 #7

    I have the same problem with most of my apps (Firefox, Thunderbird, Sublime Text, Unity3D, LibreOffice, VLC ...). They have been installed using standard settings including start menu entries. These entries can be seen when navigating to "Start"->"All Apps" - but they won't show up in the search results of the start menu. They used to in Win7. Some of these programs like Pidgin or Notepad++ show up as "run command" if I search for their full name.

    However, standard windows apps like Explorer show up when searching only for "e".

    There is a reported bug that the start menu of the final Win10 build becomes unstable when having more than 512 entries. This does not seem to apply to this case as I have only 131 entries stored in "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu" and 31 stored in "%appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu".

    This is a pure Win10 install without any migration of documents, settings or apps.

    Does anybody else experience this problem? Has this been reported somewhere? Still no luck googling other users with this problem ...

    Any possible workaround? Pinning the apps to "Start" won't bring them up in search either.


    Btw, I'm not using the english version of Win10, so any commands and names I'm referring to have been translated by myself.

    EDIT: wow, lolcocks - standard windows apps show up here in search. What settings did you activate/deactivate when Windows asked you at the first start? Do you have Cortana set up? Do you have a Microsoft account?
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  8.    30 Jul 2015 #8

    Hi there

    1) don't use the search bar -I find it better to HIDE search bar - just select HIDE on search bar (mouse right click on bottom toolbar)

    2) type anywhere in the menu area the name of your application - for utorrent I only needed to type ut before it found it.

    3) simply click / double click the entry to run the application.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  9.    30 Jul 2015 #9

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there

    1) don't use the search bar -I find it better to HIDE search bar - just select HIDE on search bar (mouse right click on bottom toolbar)

    2) type anywhere in the menu area the name of your application - for utorrent I only needed to type ut before it found it.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Thanks for your reply. I am not talking about the search bar, I have it hidden, too. I'm talking about the start menu, exactly the menu your screenshot shows. I have the feeling that this is not the expected user experience but that me and lolcocks somehow have run into a bug. Of course, restart doesn't help here.
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  10.    30 Jul 2015 #10

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there 1) don't use the search bar -I find it better to HIDE search bar - just select HIDE on search bar (mouse right click on bottom toolbar) 2) type anywhere in the menu area the name of your application - for utorrent I only needed to type ut before it found it. 3) simply click / double click the entry to run the application. Cheers jimbo
    Exactly what Neycroir said. He is having the same issue as me. These apps need to appear as desktop apps. They aren't. Registry entries probably aren't getting added. I too am using Windows 10 Pro clean install. That too got the ISO using Media Creation Tool. EDIT: Why the hell isn't a system app such as Windows Update not showing up in search? It was available till yesterday!
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