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OK I admit it,
I am a big fan of the 'run command' (Win Key + R). In fact I probably use it much more than the Start Menu. I mean for all those programs that are so deep into start-menu, the 'run command' becomes so very convenient for day-to-day work.

for instance
- IIS Manager is : Win Key + R -> InetMgr

in contrast to Start -> [All Program] -> Administrative Tools -> IIS Manger

- Visual Studio is : Win Key + R -> devenv

in contrast to Start -> All Programs -> MS Visual Studio.Net 2003 -> MS Visual Studio.Net 2003

- Event Viewer is : Win Key + R -> eventvwr

in contrast to Start -> [All Program] -> Administrative Tools -> Event Viewer

But basically you get the picture (i.e. I like the run command)

Now for searching SharePoint (i.e. SharePoint as in SPS and not WSS).

I wanted to be able to type "search " in the 'run command' and have it do the lookup in SPS.

So what does it take to achieve this.

First you need a shortcut pointing to internet explorer, and passing the search page as a parameter. like so

"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" http:// <SPS Server>/search.aspx?k=

Then you need to have a registry entry to point search to your shortcut.

Registry Key for Search
Key Path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\
CurrentVersion\App Paths
Key Name: Search.exe
Default Value: <Path to your shortcut>

Thats it. Once that is done, if all is working well you can search your portal right off the 'run command'

Posted on Tuesday, June 1, 2004 5:01 AM SharePoint | Back to top

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