Windows search box

Updated: 10/17/2017 by Computer Hope

The Windows search box is a replacement for the Run and Find boxes found in Windows 95 to Windows XP. With the release of Windows Vista, the Windows search box is an easy way to find files or documents with a keyword.

How to use the Windows search box

Windows 10

  1. On the Windows desktop, locate the taskbar, usually found at the bottom of the screen.
  2. In the Windows search box, located next to the Start button, type in the name of the program or file you want to access.

Microsoft Windows 10 search box

  1. In the search results, select the file or program that matches what you want to open.

Windows 8

  1. Access the Windows Start Screen.
  2. Start typing the name of the program or file you want to access anywhere on the Start screen.
  3. In the search results, select the file or program that matches what you want to open.

Windows Vista and Windows 7

  1. Click on the Start Orb
  2. The Windows search box will appear right above the Start Orb.

Microsoft Windows search box

  1. Type in the name of the program or file you want to access.
  2. In the search results, click on the file or program that matches what you want to open.

Windows search box tips

  • The search box in Windows 10 allows you to execute searches on the Internet, in addition to searching in Windows.
  • After typing in your search text, pressing "Enter" immediately opens the highlighted file or program in the search results. For example, you could type calculator and the first highlighted program should be the Windows Calculator. Press Enter to open the Calculator without having to move your hands from the keyboard. As you are typing, you can also use the down arrow to move to the program or file you want to open.
  • Enter an environment variable in the Search box to open a specific Windows folder.

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