Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 28th Mar 2010 17:02 UTC
Windows "Search has become an integral part of Windows, particularly in later versions. While the major search improvements began with Windows Vista and were backported to Windows XP, it's really only with Windows 7 that the larger majority of users are discovering the search bar all over in the operating system. Search is built into every aspect of Windows 7 to help users cope with the increasingly rapidly growing number of files, be they work documents and e-mails, personal photos and videos, or music collections. Many users perform searches without thinking nowadays: it's an ingrained habit of using the operating system. Like many habits, this one is worth breaking in order to to develop an even better one. Here we take a quick look at a few basic search techniques and a few more advanced ones. Force yourself to use them and you'll soon become a master of Windows Search. A bit of extra time now will save you loads of effort in the long run."
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RE: While search is nice...
by Karitku on Mon 29th Mar 2010 07:36 UTC in reply to "While search is nice..."
Karitku
Member since:
2006-01-12

I can't help but feel that, in certain parts of Windows, Microsoft is pushing search so they do not have to redesign the UI. The control panel, in both Vista and 7 (without classic mode in Vista obviously) is a mess and it is difficult to find what you're looking for without search. If we start using search *that* much, maybe we should've just stayed in the CLI and reserved GUI only for apps that needed it. It almost seems like we're going in reverse, or maybe sort of an odd backward spiral.

That problem exists on every platform from phones to desktop OS. I still have nightmares on Suse settings. Keep mind that search is always option! Microsoft or any other isn't forcing to use just search! Search is wonderful solution when you are not familiar with system, hardcore users find stuff easily.

BTW I don't find control panel mess in Windows 7 nor Vista but it is huge mess in XP, there is tons of icons without any description and every time I ask novice user to click something it takes half a minute before they find it.

Another great example is Sharepoint 2007 settings, they are insane mess for novice user but still many veteran user was complaining that it's hard to find stuff in Sharepoint 2010 because Microsoft redesigned settings view. Habits die hard! When people say stuff is confusing person next to him should ask is because it really is or because they are just used to something else.

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xp cpl list is alpha sorted
by sPAZbEAT on Tue 30th Mar 2010 05:30 in reply to "RE: While search is nice..."
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2009-07-17

1) In the list in xp, user must know something about the name of the cpl.
2) Similarly in the multiclick, sub-windows in vista, must guess in which subwindow/panel you might want to open.
So search is another way to try guessing where things are. (also, vista allows toggling to classic (list) view.)

Some apps install stuff into control panel, though, so xp's list gets long. I wonder if this 3rd party stuff create new subpanels, or must dump themselves into a single subpanel?


(in arstechnica link:)
1) looking at the huge list, those searches require too much typ(o|)ing! Some kind of customizable flyout/pulldown should be faster (I'll rarely search for cameramodel:DoIRecallWhetherTheModelNameContainsHyphen?) Kind: looks useful.
2) I've become accustomed to regex in agentransack... vista/7's boolean looks wordy.

3) Where in xp, have vista's "major search improvements" been "backported"?

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