In Windows 7, generally start menu’s search box is used to search the programs and files in your computer. But have you ever thought that start menu’s search box is also capable to search the internet? Yes, this is 100% true. By changing some settings you could be able to search the internet right from your start menu’s search box. When you’ll enter any keyword to search from internet, your default browser will open with default search engine showing the results.

How to Set Up?

To do so, just follow these simple steps :

  • On your start menu search box or Run dialog type gpedit.msc and press Enter. This will open Group Policy Editor.
  • On the Group Policy Editor navigate to :
    User Configuration - Administrative Templates - Start Menu and Taskbar
    Group Policy Editor in Windows 7

    Group Policy Editor in Windows 7

  • Double click on Add Search Internet link to Start Menu and from resulting screen select Enable and then press Apply and OK button and close the Group Policy Editor.
    Enabling Add Search Internet link to Start Menu

    Enabling Add Search Internet link to Start Menu

  •  Now when now type a search term in your Search box on the Start Menu, a “Search the Internet” link will appear.
    Search the Internet Option in Start Menu Search Box

    Search the Internet Option in Start Menu Search Box

When you click the link it will launch the search in your default browser with your default search engine. That’s it. 😆 😆


Compatibility

This technique is not applicable for Home Premium, Starter, or Home Basic editions of Windows 7.