Need to quickly find a specific application or file on Windows 11? Nothing complicated. This article will guide you through all the ways to perform a search on Windows 11, from fastest to slowest.
Press Windows + S
The fastest way to search for apps, documents, or even web pages in Windows 11 is by pressing Windows + s at any time. When the search window pops up, enter a keyword, and you will see the corresponding results listed below. If you want to narrow the results by category, simply click on one of the headings directly below the search bar, such as “Apps” (for apps), “Documents” (for files), or ” More” (which allows you to search for photos, music files, and more).
Use the Search button on the taskbar
Looking down at the taskbar area at the bottom of the screen, you will see an icon that looks like a magnifying glass, which is the Search button. You can click that icon at any time to bring up the Windows search menu (similar to pressing Windows + s).
In case you don’t see this icon on your taskbar, open the Settings app, navigate to Personalization > Taskbar > Taskbar Items, and toggle the switch next to the “Search” option to “On”.
Use Start menu
Another way to do a quick search on Windows 11 is to use the Start menu. Just click the Start button on your keyboard or taskbar. When the Start menu appears, enter a search keyword. Immediately, the Start menu transforms into a Search menu, and you can browse through the search results returned as needed.
File Explorer Search
You can also search for existing files on the system in File Explorer. Simply press Windows + e or click the folder icon in the taskbar to launch File Explorer. In the upper-right corner of any window, click the search bar and enter a keyword. In a moment, you’ll see a list of matches listed below. You can now open the file, copy it, or delete it if needed.