Open Applications and Files Easily in Windows 7

One of my favorite features in Windows 7 can be found at the bottom of the Start Menu.  Click on the Start button, and look for the “Search Programs and Files” box.  Simply typing the name of your program or file in the box will open it.  once you start to use this method, you may give up rooting around in the Start Menu or the All Programs Menu forever.  This works the same as the old “Run” dialog box for running utilities such as MSCONFIG or CMD.

Need to open a file?  If you know the name, part of the name, or even some of the document contents, this Search utility will find and display several options and you can choose the one you need from the results.

Another wait to begin is to just press the Windows key.  This will open the Start Menu and you can begin typing.  Give it a try – you will be hooked in no time!


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I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at

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