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Search Add-on for Windows Vista: Start++

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#1 HingVista


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Posted 07 March 2007 - 10:22 AM

Brandon Paddock, who works on Search on the Windows dev team, took some time away from the office to develop a very useful add-on to Windows Vista’s already amazing search capabilities.

In Windows Desktop Search for Windows XP, there was a functionality called “Deskbar Shortcuts” that allowed you to associate words and phrases with commands or searches you executed on a regular basis. Brandon has brought that functionality to Windows Vista with his Start++ tool.

Here are a few of things it does:

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This will open the “Longhorn Server” page on Wikipedia.

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This will launch Visual Studio with administrator permissions.

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Start++ also works from the command line!

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Search Actions let you perform actions over search results. In this case, “Play Radiohead” will:

1. perform a search for music with the keyword “radiohead”
2. Write all the results to a .M3U file
3. Open the results in Media Player

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That’s the configuration UI, which lets you create your own custom commands / aliases.

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#2 M.Sudoku


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Posted 08 March 2007 - 09:01 AM

It seems very useful, thanks.

#3 Ultimate John

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Posted 09 March 2007 - 08:33 AM

Really nice add-on. Thanks for the link.

#4 LiLLTOtech


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Posted 14 March 2007 - 04:45 PM

I like it. Very useful addon!

#5 PenaltyKillah


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Posted 15 March 2007 - 12:37 AM

Great! Not for the soccer moms though.

#6 cmkumar2k


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Posted 15 March 2007 - 03:42 AM

wow.. that's cool and good idea too..... (Y)

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