Windows has a search menu that you can access by clicking the magnifying glass icon on the taskbar to find content on your computer.
In Windows 11, Microsoft added more functionality to its search functionality. You can now search the Start menu, widgets, Microsoft Store, and related cloud accounts.
Here, we explore all the different ways to find applications, settings, files, and folders in Windows 10 and Windows 11.
Search using the Windows search box
Compared to Windows 10, the universal search box in Windows 11 has just improved in terms of the accuracy and appearance of search results. Instead of the Windows 10 search bar taking up almost a quarter of your taskbar, a small search icon is attached to the taskbar. Clicking on it will open an expanded search box with a larger area for all your research needs. You can easily close this box by clicking anything outside its area.
You can better visualize this phenomenon by easily comparing Windows 10 and Windows 11 search results.
Finding internal files and content in Windows 10 is not that easy. You need to remember the exact keywords for complex names; or at least the first letters. You will find very few (or none) additional suggestions. Some of them are grayed out, and the third search result may not load correctly.
Microsoft has announced that it will correct these errors in the Windows 11 search results and the results are already visible.
Finding the exact same keywords in the Windows 11 search box will yield a better search. There are no more interruptions in the search results, and many other search options are visible. The search no longer stops on the third search result itself.
Use search in the Windows 11 Start menu
Although the general search box is an important menu in Windows 11, it is actually an optional component. You can easily open it from the taskbar.
The main search component in Windows 11 has moved slightly inside – it is available from the Start menu. Your results can now be refined using certain criteria.
Whether you want to search for an .exe file, program or settings, start typing, and the filter will take care of the rest for you. You do not have to press the search button separately. The search bar on the Windows 11 Start menu indexes all the results and provides recommendations based on the files, applications, and photos you use. That’s why it looks like a real general search center.
Search the Windows 11 Widgets menu
Windows 11 has a great selection of widgets that include all the news, weather, calendar, and other interesting announcements. It slides to the left and can be closed just as easily. The idea of the panel is to separate all News Feeds from the activities of your office.
In addition, the widget panel displays a search bar at the top with the drop-down results for all news feeds. If you’re reading an article in the widget panel but can’t remember what it is, use this search option to access it.
Using Advanced Search
Looking for a specific file or folder? Windows 11 has an advanced search, called “enhanced search,” which is also found in Windows 10. You can use it at Settings -> Privacy and Security -> Search Windows. Once the results are taken into account, they are indexed from a significant number of files.
For more advanced search options, you can select settings Safe search, which filters specific search results and lets you search for cloud content on OneDrive, Bing, SharePoint, and more. These options are now also available in Windows 10, but only through its latest updates.
Frequently asked Questions
How do I hide or show the search icon in Windows 11?
If you’ve decided you don’t need a search icon on the taskbar, you can still hide it by pinching it. If you want a more permanent solution, go to Settings -> Personalization -> Taskbar Items, where you can control whether to show or hide items on the different taskbar, including search.
How do I move Windows 11 search to the left?
If you want to keep the look of your search, it’s easy to move Windows 11 applications on the taskbar from center to left. Mene Customization -> taskbar -> taskbar behavior -> taskbar alignment. When you change the focus to the left, the Start menu, search, and all other applications are moved to the left.
How do I turn off Windows Search?
Crawling Windows 10/11 in Advanced Search mode can take a long time and consume system resources. You can always turn it off in Task Manager, which can be opened in one of the following ways.
Go to the tab Services and scroll down to find a Windows search that can be stopped easily.
For the average user, Windows 11 looks a lot like Windows 10 with the exception of a few new improvements and changes. For example, you can easily change the default browser and applications in Windows 11 with a few file system tweaks.