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Search from Everywhere using Bing Smart Search

The Search charm in Windows 8.1 uses Bing Smart Search so you can search your PC, the web, and OneDrive, plus some apps and the Windows Store. You can search once to get results from everywhere, and you can go back to your search results without having to search again. Here are the steps…

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search.) You can also press the Windows logo key +S, or press the Windows logo key and start typing to open Search. And if you're on the Start screen, you can tap or click the Search button , or just start typing. (If you don't see the Search button on your Start screen, you don't have the latest update for Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.
  2. Enter your search term. As you type, you'll see a list of search results and suggestions.
  3. If you see the app, file, or setting you're looking for in the list, tap or click it to open it. To see all of the results for your search term, including all the web results from Bing, tap or click the Search button to go to the search results page. You can also tap or click one of the search suggestions.
  4. On the search results page, tap or click a search result to open it.

Your results are grouped by category and by where they're from. For example, the photos on your PC will be grouped together, and so will the photos from the web. The results from your personal files on your PC and OneDrive will be listed first, and then results from apps and the web. Thumbnails give you an idea of what you're getting before you tap or click. To see all the search results for a specific category, tap or click the See all link for that category.

You can narrow down the search by clicking on the arrow above the Search box and clicking on the category you want.