I just wanted to take a moment and write a blog that may help others and also will serve as a reference to myself, if needed!
Recently, I upgraded to Microsoft Office 2007 and with that came the Windows Desktop Search Agent. I have been enjoying the new Microsoft Office, after finally getting used to the new layouts. However, I can’t stand the Windows Search! I would much rather use the old Search Companion and have searched for a way to switch back to that. I have found that way and would like to share it with you all.
First off, let me just put a little disclaimer here. This involves working with the Registry in Windows and if you aren’t comfortable doing this then perhaps you should look elsewhere. I have become quite comfortable with working in the Registry through the years. The best piece of advice is to make a backup copy of your registry before dabbling therein.
So, here is what you need to do:
Go to Start
Go to Run
Type in regedit
When the Registry Editor comes up go to this path:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindows Desktop SearchDS
When you get to the folder “DS”, double-click on the entry “ShowStartSearchBand” and then change the value from “1″ to “0″.
Voila! That’s it! You should now be able to go back to the old Search Companion and have a way of searching the current contents of your folder.
The reason for my displeasure with Windows Search was because it was an indexed search. If the folder you are wanting to search has not been indexed you have no choice but to click on the Search Companion link on the bottom. Even if it has been indexed, how long has it been since it was indexed? It’s just not a very good search agent.
I hope this is helpful to someone. I know it has been very nice to return to my old way of searching.
Here’s hoping everyone has a wonderful holiday season.