Most Windows users usually lauch their browser application in order to search the internet. If your favorite search engine is not set as your home page and if perhaps you don’t use Google Chrome (which allows searching directly from the address bar), then you would need to first type-in the address of your search engine before proceeding. This could be time wasting and monotonous.
Some persons choose to install a toolbar for their favorite search engine to avoid having to type the search engine address everytime. But again, toolbars and extensions also slow down the browser. And in any case, you still need to launch your browser first.
Here’s is a quick tip on how to configure your Windows 7 PC to allow for direct internet searches right from your start menu. The feature is built into Windows 7 but not configured by default. Using this technique, launching internet searches will become so much faster.
Press the Windows key to launch the Start Menu and type “gpedit.msc” (without quotes) in the search box. The local group policy editor window will open.
Navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Tools > Start Menu and Task Bar.
Double-click “Add Search Internet link to Start Menu”.
If you are in the extended tab, you may choose to select “Add Search Internet link to Start Menu” and then click on “policy Setting” on the left. In either case, the configuration window shown below will open.
Select Enabled. Press Apply. Press OK.
That’s it! From now on, a “Search the Internet” link (like the one shown above) is displayed whenever you perform a search in the start menu search box. This button launches the default browser with the search terms.