How to Create a Search Desktop Shortcut in Windows 7 & 8

Posted by Britt Duncan - September 2, 2014

It is a good idea for you to create a shortcut on the desktop if you frequently make searches in Windows Explorer. So, you can quickly and easily find some resources. Today in this tutorial, we will show you how to add a search shortcut that directly helps you access Windows Explorer and launch a search.
search result

Right-click any empty area on the desktop and select New > Shortcut

Copy the location as below to the item edit box, and click Next

%windir%\explorer.exe search-ms:
create shortcut

Give a name for the shortcut and click Finish.
give a name

Then the search shortcut will be created to the desktop.

If you want to change the icon for the shortcut, you can right-click the icon and select Properties. Navigate to Shortcut tab and click Change icon button. Then select the icon you want and click OK.

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