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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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How to Search for Similar Images on Bing in Windows 10 Photos app

The Photos app included in Windows 10 is a universal app that allows you to enjoy, organize, edit, and share all your digital memories. It brings together photos and videos from all your devices, enhances them to make great photos even better, and organizes them into beautiful albums for you.

Starting with version 2019.19031.17720.0 and higher, the Photos app now lets you search for similar images in Bing Visual Search.

This tutorial will show you how to search for similar images in Bing directly from the Photos app in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Excluded Folders for Search Indexer in Windows 10

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.

Starting with Windows 10 build 18267, Microsoft added a new Enhanced Mode feature to improve search indexing that enables Windows to search all your folders and drives, instead of limiting search (Classic) to your documents, pictures, videos, and desktop by default.

To exclude a folder from search, you can add it to the Excluded Folders list.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Excluded Folders for Search Indexer for your account or all users in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Enhanced Mode for Search Indexer in Windows 10

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.

Starting with Windows 10 build 18267, Microsoft added a new Enhanced Mode feature to improve search indexing that enables Windows to search all your folders and drives, instead of limiting search to your documents, pictures, videos, and desktop by default.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Enhanced mode for search indexer for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add and Remove Search Engine Shortcut Icons in Top Sites on Firefox New Tab page

Starting with Firefox 63.0, search shortcuts for Top Sites were added. Amazon and Google appear as Top Sites tiles on the Firefox Home (New Tab) page. When selected these tiles will change focus to the address bar to initiate a search.

Firefox lets you pin search for Google, Bing, Amazon, DuckDuckGo, eBay, Twitter and Wikipedia in your top sites.

This tutorial will show you how to add and remove search engine shortcut icons in Top Sites on the New Tab page in Firefox for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Search with Bing from Notepad in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 17666, you can now highlight any words or phrase in Notepad and search with Bing.

If you have Sets turned on and have Microsoft Edge set as your default web browser, a new tab will open in Notepad that will include the Bing search results page. Otherwise, the Bing search results page will open in your default web browser.

This tutorial will show you how to Search with Bing using a highlighted word or phrase from Notepad in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Cortana Floating Search Bar in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 17040, there is a hidden new floating Search bar that can be enabled for a more immersive Cortana that Microsoft is testing. This new look is similar to Apple’s macOS Spotlight Search feature.

When you enable the floating Search bar, you can either press Win+S or click/tap on the Cortana icon (taskbar) to open the new floating Search bar UI.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Cortana floating Search bar for your account in Windows 10.

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Disable Adding Locations on Removable Drives to Index and Libraries in Windows

By default, Windows will use the index when searching to give you faster search results. The search index only includes your selected locations. These locations can be filtered for what file types (extensions), file properties, and file contents you want indexed.

Libraries gather folders that are stored in different locations so you can browse them in one place. You can include folders and drives to a library as you like.

By default, users in Windows are able to add locations on removable drives to libraries and as indexed locations.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to add locations on removable drives to libraries and as indexed location for all users in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

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How to Change Cortana Search Box Text Transparency in Windows 10

Searching in Cortana on your taskbar makes it easier for you to search the web and Windows.

Starting with Windows 10 build 15014, you can change the transparency level of the Cortana search box text to solid, semi-transparent (default), or fully transparent.

This tutorial will how you how to change the transparency level of the Cortana search box text for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Change Cortana Search Box Highlight Transparency in Windows 10

Searching in Cortana on your taskbar makes it easier for you to search the web and Windows.

Starting with Windows 10 build 15014, you can change the transparency level of the Cortana search box highlight to opaque (white), semi-transparent (default), or fully transparent.

You will see the Cortana search box highlight when you hover the pointer over the search box.

This tutorial will how you how to change the transparency level of the Cortana search box highlight for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Change Cortana Search Box Background Transparency in Windows 10

Searching in Cortana on your taskbar makes it easier for you to search the web and Windows.

Starting with Windows 10 build 15014, you can change the transparency level of the Cortana search box background to opaque (white), semi-transparent (default), or fully transparent.

While the Cortana search box background is fully transparent, the color of the taskbar will show through it.

This tutorial will how you how to change the transparency level of the Cortana search box background for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Change Color of Cortana Search Box to White in Windows 10

Searching in Cortana on your taskbar makes it easier for you to search the web and Windows.

Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14946, you can change the color of the Cortana search box to white when set to show a search box on the taskbar instead of an icon.

The default color of the search box will be a faded version of the color you selected to show on the taskbar.

This tutorial will how you how to change the color of the Cortana search box on taskbar to white for your account in Windows 10.

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