Search Internet Directly From Windows 7 Start Menu

Do you know that you can search internet using your Windows 7 Start menu search box? It can be possible by changing the settings in group policy editor. The main advantage of searching internet from Start menu search box is you don’t need to open browser to search for any term. Just click on Start button, type your query and click the “Search the internet”  link. This guide will show you how to activate this feature using gpedit.msc.

1. Click on Start button. Type gpedit.msc in the search box and press Enter.

2. Local Group Policy Editor will open. Now browse to User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Start Menu and Taskbar. On the right side you’ll see the option “Add Search Internet link to Start Menu”. Right click on it and select “Edit”.

Now select “Enabled” option and then click the “OK” button. The feature will be enabled. Now close the Group Policy Editor window.


Now click on Start button and enter any keyword in the search box. You’ll see “Search the Internet” link with the icon of your default browser. Click on the link and it will redirect you to the search result page inside your default browser.


Here’s the look of search result appeared in Chrome browser. Note: It will show default search engine results.


When you search any term using Windows explorer search box then also you’ll find a Search the Internet link. Just click on it to visit the search result page quickly.


That’s how you can search internet using Windows 7 Start menu and Windows explorer search box and. Do let us know if you know any more tricks to integrate internet from Windows 7.

Thanks How-To Geek.

1 Response

  1. 1. will send internet query but queries self (
    2. doesn’t work without windows professional (gpedit not on home edition)
    3. can be added to home edition by doing regedit->HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\
    right click and add new key (which is actually a folder) “Explorer”
    right click inside folder and add new DWORD
    name it “AddSearchInternetLinkInStartMenu”
    change number from “0x00000000” to “0x00000001”

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