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Provide more details about search results in Start Menu

Submitted by tino on November 10, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

Would be very helpful to get more information about the selected search result (especially thumbnails for images). Show what is in the details pane in Windows Explorer and for applications the Start Menu could show the Jump List for the selected program.

Display the details pane for a selected file and a Jump List for an application.



Not fixed

Discussion (18 comments)

hoopla_punta wrote on November 11, 2008, 7:21am

This is a great idea!

JonathanJ wrote on November 11, 2008, 8:04am

...which is exactly why it won't be implemented! It makes too much sense.

Another reason might be because they got rid of the start menu buttons for a reason (more text) and want to keep it that way. +1

ion wrote on November 11, 2008, 11:21am


Sorry for being offtopic but i really don't like how the Windows Search can't index partitions which are not NTFS. I use Macdrive to read my Mac partitions and Vista can't index it.

Ensign Joe wrote on November 11, 2008, 3:22pm

Really like your illustration :)

alphanerd wrote on November 11, 2008, 6:01pm

That's what the full search windows is there for.

tino wrote on November 11, 2008, 6:11pm

@alphanerd: I don't want to search. I wanne find it quick and start doing something. Imagine how fast it would be to open the last Word document you have worked on? Type in "word", go right to the Jump List and hit Enter.

Arayta wrote on November 12, 2008, 12:42am

@alphanerd: There's nothing wrong with implementing features in multiple ways to improve productivity.

+1, this is an excellent idea. I could definitely see this coming in handy.

Jalaj wrote on November 12, 2008, 11:05am

+1 (i wish i cud give it +2)

ritesh2408 wrote on November 15, 2008, 5:57pm

Great idea and its very use full too... no need to open search.. Microsoft should implement this..

sopharine wrote on November 16, 2008, 8:43am

what a brilliant idea!The best I have seen so far

sameer wrote on November 17, 2008, 5:56pm

Excellent idea!

nitrous9200 wrote on November 27, 2008, 3:40am

+1, additions like this will truly make 7 the marvel OS that Microsoft needs to repair Vista's bad image with the marketplace; the detailed info just makes so much sense and people would notice that when using it.

3dman wrote on December 9, 2008, 3:03am

great idea

Zerlot wrote on December 12, 2008, 10:59pm

+ 1 like it

a expand button would help view all those 22 pictures in screenshots

tino wrote on December 20, 2008, 4:14pm

@Zerlot: You are now able to click on the headline which will show you all search results of this type.

rch433 wrote on March 3, 2010, 11:20pm

In addition - when i do a search, hit one of the selected items and discover it's not the one I wanted, why do I have to retype my search? What happened to the classic "Find Again" algorithm. Yeah, I can hit return and wait for a display of all the found items, but often what I'm looking for is in the first list.

dbsenre2 wrote on November 10, 2010, 1:14pm

Awesome man! Like it :D

TheLopezN wrote on February 4, 2011, 1:42am

This is for sure the best idea I've seen so far

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