No documents in Windows 8 search box

  • Sander Postma

    Sander Postma - 2012-08-25

    In Windows 7 most of the time when I needed to open one of my docs, I just
    typed the name in the search box. In Windows 8 you have to click an additional
    button that you want to search for files. With classic shell I found no way to
    do that.

  • Ivo Beltchev

    Ivo Beltchev - 2012-08-25

    Correct. The search in Classic Shell only searches the contents of the start
    menu and the PATH environment variable. This is done for performance reasons.

    • fuzz-ball

      fuzz-ball - 2012-12-06

      Does anyone know if there's any plans to have Classic Start menu search for documents? My Win7 machine default menu has no performance issues doing that search, and I find it to be extremely useful.

  • Sander Postma

    Sander Postma - 2012-08-26

    And it's filtering only .lnk and .exe files I guess? I have no performance
    issues here. If the files are not cached in the 16GB memory, it will have to
    search on my 560MB/s SSD drive. I've added the documents folder to the system
    path and it's still finding the docs.

  • Sander Postma

    Sander Postma - 2012-08-26

    I mean "it's still not finding the docs"
    (Where is the edit message button in this forum)

  • Ivo Beltchev

    Ivo Beltchev - 2012-08-26

    OK, to be more precise:
    All contents of the Start Menu folders are searched
    All contents of the Control Panel are searched
    All contents of the Administrative Tools are searched
    All contents of the God Mode are searched
    The PATH is searched (but not the sub-folders) for EXE, COM, BAT, CMD, MSC and

  • Sander Postma

    Sander Postma - 2012-08-26

    Thanks! With this info I've found a work around.
    First I thought to outsmart the program by using
    cd \Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
    mklink /j Documents C:\Users\<user>\Documents

    to create a virtual Documents folder in the start menu. Unfortunately that's
    didn't work either.
    But I could just move/paste the Documents directory to
    C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu. Windows 8
    automatically changed the library link. After this I have an extra My
    Documents folder in the left side of the menu.
    And as I suspected (with 1100 files in there), no performance issues when
    searching. Actually it responds with a hit list way way faster than Window 7
    ever did.

  • xpclient

    xpclient - 2013-07-24

    Well good news for you. Now the latest public beta version of Classic Shell which is available from the home page has full Windows Search integration, including document search. Try it if you are interested.

  • NotesTracker (Tony Austin)

    Does this mean that now it will return search results for ALL drives and folders that are specified via the Indexed Locations sub-dialog of the Indexing Options main dialog? That is, exactly like the way that search works under Windows 7?


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