Windows 8 Features Slick Search from Start Screen

When we talk about "search", most people would assume we're talking about Google, Bing and the like. While cataloging and searching the endless stream of information from the internet is vital, sometimes we just want to find something on our own computers.

Thumbing through the dozens of programs installed in the Start menu is one way to do it, but these days it's all about search. Check out the video below to see how Microsoft is improving search on Windows 8. Those who are also a fan of keyboard shortcuts or just hate using the mouse will also find a lot of love about the new search functions.

 

Windows 8 Search

Power users can also search down to a very granular level using AQS, such as the examples noted below:

Query

AQS Syntax

Find all files authored by Brian or David

author: (Brian OR David)

Find all photos with an F-stop of 2.8 where no flash was fired

f-stop:2.8 flashmode:no flash

Find all files where the file name contains a word starting with Metro and the file size is greater than 1MB

filename:$<Metro* size:>1mb

For more, check out the full Windows 8 blog.

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  • klavis
    being able to quickly search by details of how a photo was taken is pretty cool, I would use that. One could say I am almost looking forward to being able to do that.
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  • Anonymous
    I don't understand why switching to a separate touch UI is necessary to utilize existing Windows 7 search functionality.
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  • jimmysmitty
    campb292While I am at it - stop with all the gimmicks and mac-like menus. Windows has an 85-90% market share. Rewrite the kernel, upgrade ntfs to a new file system, stop write throttling, end 32 bit, stop turning on automatic updates after I just turned it off... improve. Stop turning the round wheel into a box; Round just works better.


    I wouldn't mind a new file system, hell they had one planned for Vista, WinFS which looked to run circles around NTFS, but that was cut for now. As for rewriting the Kernal, why do it again? It was rewritten for Vista, hence why you can't really upgrade from XP to Vista, and reworked for 7. The 7 Kernal works great, why redo it if you don't have to? How many times do you think Apple has rewritten its Unix Kernal for OSX?

    killerclickIf I promise never to buy or use a Windows tablet, will they include the normal Start Menu in Windows 8?


    It wont matter because they already have the classi 7 Start menu in 8. This is the Metro UA and much like Aero, can be turned off.

    Have people really been paying attention to the Windows 8 info or just missing it all together?

    amk-aka-PhantomHe's right, I don't want to switch to Start, either... It IS two clicks - one on the Start button, another on the Calculator icon. And 2 mouse clicks ARE faster than 5 keyboard presses.


    Unless you have Calculator pinned to the Start menu, its 4 clicks. Start> All programs> Accessories> Calculator.
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  • jimmysmitty
    Thats pretty neat. Makes 8 look a bit more attractive.
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  • campb292
    People need to start stepping up and criticizing this stuff. This whole concept doesn't save time. I don't want to "switch to start" with the logo key and type "calc" to bring up the calculator. Right now it is 2 clicks. Why would I want to increase that to 5?
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  • campb292
    While I am at it - stop with all the gimmicks and mac-like menus. Windows has an 85-90% market share. Rewrite the kernel, upgrade ntfs to a new file system, stop write throttling, end 32 bit, stop turning on automatic updates after I just turned it off... improve. Stop turning the round wheel into a box; Round just works better.
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