Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

Speed Up Your Vista Searches

Friday, December 21st, 2007 by | Filed Under: System Tune-Up Help

The Search Box in Windows Vista searches for files, Windows contacts, Windows Mail, history and favorites by default. That seems like an awful lot to go through, doesnt it?

Thank goodness, you can customize the search results from the Start menu search box to only return the results you really want. I’m the kind of guy that uses the Search Box to pull up applications, and rarely anything aside from that.

To configure this setting, right-click on the Start button and select Properties. Next, click on the Customize button and scroll down until you see the checkboxes under the Search section.

Here’s a shot of my screen with all of my settings in place:

For the best results, change the Search Files option to “Don’t search for files.” The Start menu is too small to find files anyway. Making that change will speed up the search process immensely. Here are the details for what the other options do:

  • Search – This should disable the search entirely, but it doesn’t seem to remove the search box, so I just left this enabled.

  • Search Communications – This one disables searching through e-mails and contacts. As far as I can tell, it’s only for the Windows Mail and Windows Contacts right now. I assume other applications will eventually be added here, but I disabled this, because I don’t use either product. But do what’s best for you!

  • Search Favorites and History – This option searches through your Internet Explorer favorites and history. Perhaps in the future, it will also search in Firefox, but I disabled it for now, because I only use Firefox.

  • Search Files – You can change this one to search all of your files or just your home directory. Or, you can disable it entirely for more speed.

  • Search Programs – This one searches through the Start menu and the applications you have on your computer. You can customize it to your liking.

There, that’s much faster now!

~ Andrew

Leave a Reply

Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.

Enter Email Address:


Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup

Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive