April 22, 2019

By Joe Winett

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Windows-Key Searching

Windows 10 Start Menu SearchClick for Image Did you know you can easily find applications on Windows 10 by searching the Start Menu? 

Just click your Windows-key and start typing.  In this image, I've clicked that button and started typing "direc" and up pops Directory Printer — just what I was looking for.

If you click the image you'll see the whole page and that results are displayed for the Start Menu, documents in the index from my machine, and from the web.

Wait, what?  Results from the web?  Grrrrr!

Disabling Web Search

When I started typing into the Start Menu search box, Windows started sending what I was typing to their Bing search engine.

I don't like that.

If I want to search the web, I'll start a web browser and use the privacy-interested DuckDuckGo search engine.

Microsoft used to provide settings in Windows 10 to turn off that search feature.  They're no longer present in the Settings application.

On versions of Windows 10 like Pro and Enterprise, you can open the Local Group Policy Settings control panel and find settings that promise to disable the web search feature, but Windows disregards those orders these days, too.

I found an article by Martin Brinkmann on GHacks that provides a registry editing file that does work:
Microsoft broke "disable web search" in Windows 10 version 1803

Martin included a registry editor script for download on the page, block-web-search.zip.  I downloaded it, unpacked it, looked at the contents of the enclosed search.reg file, double-clicked the search.reg, told Windows Registry Editor is was okay to follow the instructions, and whammo, whizzy, pop — Windows is no longer searching the web from the Start Menu search feature.

Same Search without Web ResultsClick for Image

The contents of his search.reg file create/set three zero (0) double-word values into the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search: BingSearchEnabled, AllowSearchToUseLocation, and CortanaConsent.

If you're nervous about downloading a registry hack from a website, I don't blame you.  You can create a text file called "search.txt" with Notepad and paste these contents into it:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search]
"BingSearchEnabled"=dword:00000000
"AllowSearchToUseLocation"=dword:00000000
"CortanaConsent"=dword:00000000

Then rename "search.txt" to "search.reg" and double-click it.  Registry Editor will ask before it makes any changes.

Karen's Directory Printer v5.4.3 Released

I'm still working on the rewrite of Directory Printer.  I had hoped that this would be the next release of the application, but a few fixes were worked into the current codebase and a new version is available on the website at: https://www.karenware.com/powertools/karens-directory-printer

Fixes include:

  • Able to add Print with DirPrn ..." to folder and drive icon in Windows Explorer reliably.  When set, you can right-click on a folder or drive to see that option along with Copy, Open in a New Window, etc.  When unset, removes that option from the menu.
  • Added Name without Extension field to File Info so that you can print a catalog of files without their type extension on the end of the name.  For instance, if you're printing a list of your music then you probably don't need to know they're .mp3 or .mp4 or .m4p or whatever.
  • Removed the Show ReadOnly Files option and hardwired Directory Printer to always include files and folders with the file system's read-only attribute bit set.  This was causing confusion because folders have that bit set when the user has customized the appearance of the folder in File Explorer, such as changing the columns around or setting a custom icon — so some users were finding that folders were being left off the report seemingly at random when this checkbox is not checked.
  • Now opens directly to the Print tab when Directory Printer is launched from the command line or context menu selection.

I'm still planning on international character support waiting until the rewritten version of Karen's Directory Printer which I've been calling Version 10.

Don't forget to wave and say, "Hi!"

Thanks again for your support.

Love,
Joe


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