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Add or Remove Search in Sidebar Context Menu in Microsoft Edge

The Microsoft Edge web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

Microsoft Edge includes a sidebar search feature.

With sidebar search, you can highlight a word or phrase, right click, and select “Search in sidebar” from the context menu. Search results show up in a pane on the right side of the page showing you web results like definitions, web links, images, videos and many more Bing services which are related to the query.

In addition to the web results, you now see image and video verticals which show results related to the highlighted word or phrase. If you are signed into your azure active directory account at work, you can now see company results.

Sidebar search is a persistent pane in the tab in which it was opened, which gives you the option to close the pane or look up additional information related to other words using the search box. There’s more – if you want a full view of web results, you can now click on the “Open in new tab” button which opens the web results in a new tab.

If you do not want the “Search in sidebar” for text and image and “Search the web” for text context menus in Microsoft Edge, you can remove them using the DefaultSearchProviderContextMenuAccessAllowed policy used in this tutorial.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Search in sidebar for text and image and Search the web for text context menus in Microsoft Edge for all users.

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Add or Remove Search Index Locations in Windows 11

Indexing the content of your PC helps you get faster results when your searching it for files, emails, or other local content.

The search index only includes your selected locations[/B] by default. These locations can be filtered for what file types (extensions), file properties, and file contents you want indexed.

You can choose to use Classic or Enhanced search indexing mode for where your PC will search for files.

  • Classic = Search only you Documents, Pictures, and Music folders plus the desktop.
  • Enhanced = Search your entire PC (may affect battery life and CPU consumption). PC must be plugged in for initial indexing.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove locations to be excluded or included in the search index in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Respect Power Settings when Indexing in Windows 11

Indexing the content of your PC helps you get faster results when your searching it for files, emails, or other local content.

The search index only includes your selected locations by default. These locations can be filtered for what file types (extensions), file properties, and file contents you want indexed.

You can choose to use Classic or Enhanced search indexing mode for where your PC will search for files.

Respect power settings when indexing can change how and when search indexing happens based on power and battery settings. This can be handy to help save battery life.

If you turn on Respect power settings when indexing, search indexing stops searching and updating the database with new information in the background or throttle it down during certain times. For instance, when the PC is in battery saver mode, best power efficiency power mode, or game mode. Or when the processor usage peaks 80 percent, or disk usage goes up above 70 percent.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Respect power settings when indexing for all users in Windows 11.

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Reset and Rebuild Search Index in Windows 11

Indexing the content of your PC helps you get faster results when your searching it for files, emails, or other local content.

The search index only includes your selected locations by default. These locations can be filtered for what file types (extensions), file properties, and file contents you want indexed.

You can choose to use Classic or Enhanced search indexing mode for where your PC will search for files.

The index uses the Windows Search service and runs as the Searchindexer.exe process in the background. The index will automatically rebuild and update for changes made to the included locations since the last index rebuild to increase search result accuracy.

By default, the search indexer backoff feature will reduce indexing speed while rebuilding the index when there is user activity, and will automatically continue at full speed when no user activity is detected.

If you are getting search results that are missing, no longer valid, or incorrect, then the search index may not be up to date. You can rebuild the index to force it to update now. You can also reset search index locations to default before rebuilding the search index.

This tutorial will show you how to manually reset and rebuild the search index for accurate search results in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Windows 11

Indexing the content of your PC helps you get faster results when your searching it for files, emails, or other local content.

The search index only includes your selected locations by default. These locations can be filtered for what file types (extensions), file properties, and file contents you want indexed.

You can choose to use Classic or Enhanced search indexing mode for where your PC will search for files.

The index uses the Windows Search service and runs as the Searchindexer.exe process in the background. The index will automatically rebuild and update for changes made to the included locations since the last index rebuild to increase search result accuracy.

By default, the search indexer backoff feature will reduce indexing speed while rebuilding the index when there is user activity, and will automatically continue at full speed when no user activity is detected.

If you prefer to search without using the index, then you could completely disable search indexing. If you disable search indexing, searches will take longer to finish, but search results will always be up to date and accurate.

If you do a lot of file content searching, then you may not want to disable search indexing since it will take a lot longer to search file contents without the index.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable search indexing for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Enhanced Mode for Search Indexer in Windows 11

Indexing the content of your PC helps you get faster results when your searching it for files, emails, or other local content.

The search index only includes your selected locations by default. These locations can be filtered for what file types (extensions), file properties, and file contents you want indexed.

You can choose to use Classic or Enhanced search indexing mode for where your PC will search for files.

  • Classic = Search only you Documents, Pictures, and Music folders plus the desktop.
  • Enhanced = Search your entire PC (may affect battery life and CPU consumption). PC must be plugged in for initial indexing.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Enhanced mode for search indexer for all users in Windows 11.

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Using Windows 11 Search

Windows Search is one of the most underused and underappreciated features of Windows simply because people just do not know how to use it productively, or worse still, just don’t know that it’s there.

The intention of this tutorial is to show you just how advanced Windows Search is, and how easy it is to fully utilize this notable feature of Windows 11 to its full potential by performing basic searches, and how to make full use of the Advanced Query Syntax implemented by Windows Search.

Before you can fully benefit from Windows Search, you first need to follow a few simple steps to configure it to your needs.

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Turn On or Off Show Recent Searches when Hover over Search Icon in Windows 11

The Search button on the taskbar allows you to quickly use Windows Search (Win+S) to search for apps, documents, email, files, folders, music, people, photos, settings, and videos on your device, and to search the web.

The Search button on the taskbar also allows you to quickly open your Top apps and Recent apps, and perform Quick searches to web search for today in history, new movies, translate, markets today.

When you hover over the search icon on the taskbar, you will see your recent searches by default.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22468, Microsoft added an option to turn off showing recent searches when hovering over the Search icon in the Taskbar.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off showing recent searches when hovering over the Search icon in the Taskbar for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Search Button on Taskbar in Windows 11

The Search button on the taskbar allows you to quickly use Windows Search (Win+S) to search for apps, documents, email, files, folders, music, people, photos, settings, and videos on your device, and to search the web.

The Search button on the taskbar also allows you to quickly open your Top apps and Recent apps, and to perform Quick searches to web search for today in history, new movies, translate, markets today.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Search button on the taskbar for your account in Windows 11.

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How to Add or Remove Search in Sidebar Context Menu in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft has announced sidebar search – the first step in their evolution of contextual search in the new Microsoft Edge.

With sidebar search, you can highlight a word or phrase, right click, and select “Search in sidebar” from the context menu. Search results show up in a pane on the right side of the page showing you web results like definitions, web links, images, videos and many more Bing services which are related to the query.

In addition to the web results, you now see image and video verticals which show results related to the highlighted word or phrase. If you are signed into your azure active directory account at work, you can now see company results.

Sidebar search is a persistent pane in the tab in which it was opened, which gives you the option to close the pane or look up additional information related to other words using the search box. There’s more – if you want a full view of web results, you can now click on the “Open in new tab” button which opens the web results in a new tab.

If you do not want the “Search in sidebar” for text and image and “Search the web” for text context menus in Microsoft Edge, you can remove them using the DefaultSearchProviderContextMenuAccessAllowed policy used in this tutorial.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “Search in sidebar” for text and image and “Search the web” for text context menus in Microsoft Edge for all users.

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How to Search Bing Online with a Screenshot from Search Box in Windows 10

You can type what you’re looking for in the search box (Win+S) on the taskbar. You’ll get suggestions and answers to your questions, and search results from your PC (My stuff) and the Internet (Web).

You can also search with a screenshot taken by the Snip and Sketch app from the search box in Windows 10 to automatically search for similar images online at Bing Visual Search in Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to search with a screenshot from the search box in Windows 10 for similar images online at Bing Visual Search in Microsoft Edge.

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How to Reset Windows Search in Windows 10

Search Windows and the web from the taskbar to find help, apps, files, settings—you name it. You can also get quick answers from the web—like weather, stock prices, currency conversion, and much more—and get to websites faster by using links in the preview pane.

Windows Search is a desktop search platform that has instant search capabilities for most common file and data types such as email, contacts, calendar appointments, documents, photos, multimedia, and other formats that can be extended by third party developers. These capabilities enable users to find, manage, and organize the increasing amount of data common in home and enterprise environments.

If Windows Search is unresponsive and not working, you can try resetting Windows Search to fix problems with it.

This tutorial will show you how to reset Windows Search in Windows 10.

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How to Search Bing in Sidebar of Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft has announced sidebar search – the first step in their evolution of contextual search in the new Microsoft Edge.

With sidebar search, you can highlight a word or phrase, right click, and select “Search in sidebar” from the context menu. Search results show up in a pane on the right side of the page showing you web results like definitions, web links, images, videos and many more Bing services which are related to the query.

In addition to the web results, you now see image and video verticals which show results related to the highlighted word or phrase. If you are signed into your azure active directory account at work, you can now see company results.

Sidebar search is a persistent pane in the tab in which it was opened, which gives you the option to close the pane or look up additional information related to other words using the search box. There’s more – if you want a full view of web results, you can now click on the “Open in new tab” button which opens the web results in a new tab.

This tutorial will show you how to search Bing in the sidebar of the Chromium based Microsoft Edge with sidebar search.

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How to Enable or Disable Search and Site Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge Chromium

The address bar in Microsoft Edge allows you to enter website URLs and search the web. By default, the address bar provides search and site suggestions using the characters you type. You should see suggestions from your favorites, browsing history, previous searches, and default search provider.

To make browsing and searching faster, as you type in the address bar, the typed characters are sent to your default search provider for the search provider to send back suggested search queries. The address bar categorizes your entry as a URL, search, or unknown. The information, along with which suggestion you select, position of selection, and other address bar data is sent to your default search provider. If your search provider is Bing, a resettable identifier unique to your browser is sent with the data to understand the search query and query session. Other autosuggest service identifiers are sent to your default search engine to complete the search suggestions. Your IP address and cookies are sent to your default search provider to increase the relevance of the search results. A signal is sent to your default search provider when you select the address bar to signal to the provider to get ready to provide suggestions. The typed characters and search queries are not sent to Microsoft unless your search provider is Bing. To enable sending data to your default search provider, turn on the Show me search and site suggestions using my typed characters setting. If you turn off the setting, your typed characters are no longer sent to your default search provider. Your search queries are still sent to your default search provider to provide search results. If Microsoft Edge detects typing in the address bar that may contain sensitive information, such as authentication credentials, local file names, or URL data that is normally encrypted, it does not send the typed text.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off showing search and site suggestions as you type in the address bar of the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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Turn On or Off Show Search Icon without Search Box when entering Tablet Posture in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 19592, Microsoft is beginning to roll out (again) the new tablet experience for 2-in-1 convertible PCs as a preview to some Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. This experience is separate from the Tablet Mode experience that you will still be able to use. This new experience allows users entering tablet posture to stay in the familiar desktop experience without interruption with a few key touch improvements:

  • Taskbar icons are spaced out
  • Search box on taskbar is collapsed into icon-only mode
  • Touch keyboard auto invokes when you tap a text field
  • File explorer elements will have a little more padding, to make them comfortable to interact with using touch

In order to help ensure quality, the feature will be rolling out slowly, starting with a portion of the Insiders that have never detached their keyboard before, or have their tablet mode settings set to Don’t ask me and don’t switch.

You can turn on or off Show the search icon without the search box for when you enter tablet posture (ex: fold the 2-in-1 convertible PC) without tablet mode turned on and the taskbar Search icon set to Show search box.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off show the search icon without the search box on the taskbar when entering tablet posture for your account on a Windows 10 2-in-1 convertible PC.

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How to Change Default Search Engine in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft has adopted the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility. This new Microsoft Edge runs on the same Chromium web engine as the Google Chrome browser, offering you best in class web compatibility and performance.

The new Chromium based Microsoft Edge is supported on all versions of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server (2016 and above), Windows Server (2008 R2 to 2012 R2), and macOS.

Microsoft Edge uses the Bing search engine by default for both the address bar and new tab page search box.

Microsoft Edge currently allows you to change the default search engine used for the address bar.

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary 82.0.453.0 version, you can now change the default search engine used for the search box on the new tab page.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default search engine used for the address bar and new tab page search box in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Use Indexer Diagnostics App for Windows Search Indexer Issues in Windows 10

Indexing the contents of your PC helps you get faster results when you’re searching it for files and other things. Indexing is the process of looking at files, email messages, and other content on your PC and cataloging their information, such as the words and metadata in them. When you search your PC after indexing, it looks at an index of terms to find results faster.

Microsoft has released a beta version of the Indexer Diagnostics app in the Microsoft Store.

The Indexer Diagnostics tool can help you to identify problems and issues with the Windows Search Indexer in Windows 10.

This tutorial will show you how to use the Indexer Diagnostics app to identify problems and issues with the Windows Search Indexer in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Search Indexer Respect Device Power Mode Settings in Windows 10

Indexing the contents of your PC helps you get faster results when you’re searching it for files and other things. Learn how it works.

Indexing is the process of looking at files, email messages, and other content on your PC and cataloging their information, such as the words and metadata in them. When you search your PC after indexing, it looks at an index of terms to find results faster.

When you first run indexing, it can take up to a couple hours to complete. After that, indexing will run in the background on your PC as you use it, only re-indexing updated data.

Starting at least with Windows 10 build 18965, you can turn on or off having the search indexer respect device power mode settings. This will affect the indexer performance.

The Windows performance power slider enables you to quickly and intelligently trade performance of your system for longer battery life. As you switch between the four power modes to trade performance for battery life (or vice versa), Windows power settings are engaged behind the scenes. You are able to customize the default slider mode for both AC and DC, and can also configure the power settings, and PPM options, that are engaged for each slider mode.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off having the search indexer respect the device power mode settings for indexer performance for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Enable Search Box on Lock Screen in Windows 10

The lock screen is the screen you see when you lock your PC (or when it locks automatically after you haven’t been using it for a while). The lock screen will also show at startup, and when you are signed out and idle for one minute. You will need to dismiss the lock screen to be able to see the sign in screen and sign in to Windows. Users can dismiss the lock screen using touch, the keyboard, or by dragging it up with the mouse.

Starting with Windows 10 build 18932, a new hidden experimental feature is available to enable adding a search box on the lock screen allowing users to search the web with Bing directly on the lock screen.

If enabled, the search box will only be on the lock screen when users lock the computer (Win+L). The search box will not be available on the lock screen at startup.

When users type in the search box, it will show them Bing web search results. If a user clicks/taps on a link in the search results, it will only open in Microsoft Edge after they sign in.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable a search box on the lock screen to search the web with Bing for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Rich Entity Search Suggestions in Google Chrome

Starting with Google Chrome 75, rich entity suggestions for search is now enabled by default.

When you perform a search in the address bar of Google Chrome when rich entity suggestions is enabled, it will display entity suggestions using images and an enhanced layout; showing more context and descriptive text about the entity.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable rich entity suggestions for Search in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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