After reading the title of this post you might be wondering what is global search? Global search means the ability to search your local data as well as the internet for information. Another question might arise, why would that be of any importance or how would you use such a feature?
Imagine you are on a fresh installation of Windows and you are searching for a software that is not installed yet such as paint.net through the start menu search bar. Instead of the search returning nothing, you’ll be prompted by useful information to download the software instead. Won’t that be handy?
It’s worth noting that global search is the default in Windows 10 (technical preview) and it’s also the default in the new Mac OS X Yosemite and it’s known as “Spotlight”.
Step 1: In the start menu search bar type “GPEDIT.MSC” and hit enter, what this command does is give you access to the “Group Policy Editor”.
Step 2: A new window will pop up navigate to “Start menu and taskbar” using the left hand side menu; User Configuration → Administrative Templates→ Start Menu and Taskbar.
Step 3: In the right hand side of the window open the “Add search Internet link to Start Menu” by double clicking it.
Step 4: A new window will popup, select the radio button beside “Enabled” and then hit the “Apply” tab at the bottom of the window.
Step 5: Now, to make sure that this feature is working, go to the search bar and search for a software “e.g. ZBrush” and you are supposed to look as the screenshot below.
I know what you’re thinking that it’s not as developed as “Spotlight” or the global search in Windows 10, I agree but it’s better than nothing.
The next time you search for anything from the start menu search bar it won’t only search your local computer but it will search also the internet.