How to create a Search shortcut on desktop in Windows 8 and 8.1 [Guide]

Do you do a lot of searching in Windows Explorer ? The search feature is one of the most useful and used feature of windows that provides a quick way to locate a file . You can search quicker and easier by creating a search shortcut on your desktop . Follow our guide below on how to create a search shortcut on your desktop in Windows 8 / 8.1 .

How to create a Search shortcut on Desktop in Windows 8 and 8.1

Step 1 : Right click on your desktop and click New -> Shortcut

step 1

Step 2 : The shortcut dialog box opens . Type the following directory in the box and click Next:

%windir%\explorer.exe search-ms:

step 2

Step 3 : Enter the shorcut name and click Finish

step 3

Step 4 : The shortcut is now created on your desktop.


Once the search shortcut is created on your desktop , double-click the shortcut to search for a file directly from the desktop . You can also pin it to the taskbar to open it easily . This method provides an easier and quicker way to search for any file you’re looking for .

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  1. Mike S.

    2 questions:

    (1) When I use this, it seems to search the C drive. How might I change the shortcut to search the entire computer (My Computer)?

    (2) I don’t know if this is a coincidence (I don’t think it is), but on my Win8 system, the Windows key + S search shortcut no longer brings up Windows search; instead, it simply highlights the shortcut created by the method in the article. How can I get the Windows key + S search shortcut back?!?