If you run Windows 7 and don’t use the Start Menu search function (or the run command for those of the geekier persuasion) – why not? It’s a fast and effective way to launch apps, search through your PC, and after reading through today’s OS Tips, search the web as well! While you can always just alt-tab over to your browser for searching, this is even quicker! It really is wonderful to be able to access Google (or your preferred search engine) from anywhere in your workflow at anytime. With all that said, here’s how you actually do it.

1. From the Start Menu (or the run command), run gpedit.msc

2. Within the window that pops up, double click on User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Start Menu and Taskbar

3. The first setting you see should be “Add Search Internet link to Start Menu.” Double click on this and choose enabled in the upper left hand corner

4. Click OK, and try it out!

Now whenever you type something into the Start Menu search bar, you should also have the option of choosing to search the Internet. Just hit the down arrow key and then enter. Now you have instant Google access straight from your menu bar!

Are there any other search tricks you find handy? Let us know in the comments!