Spotlight in OS X is a versatile tool that can provide you with a wealth of information — contacts, files, calculations, and even Wikipedia searches — with just a few keystrokes. But not every user prioritizes Spotlight results the same. Apple tries to provide a good default order of results that suit most users, but you can easily change this order in System Preferences. Here’s how to do it.
Microsoft Word 2013 includes a handy feature that lets the user perform a Web search for a selected word or phrase, but the default platform for this search is Microsoft’s own Bing. While Bing has some unique features that make it useful for certain types of searches, most users would likely prefer to use Google. Here’s how to make the switch
The latest Windows 10 Technical Preview introduces a new taskbar search box that allows users to access both standard Windows and Web searches as well as the new Cortana interface, but it’s relatively wide and takes up a lot of space. Thankfully, you can minimize the amount of space that the Windows 10 taskbar search utilizes, while still maintaining full access to all of its features.
Internet Explorer 11 suggests popular URLs in the address bar. But these suggestions are sometimes irrelevant and simply get in the way of the more useful Google or Bing search suggestions. Here’s how to disable suggested URLs in IE11.
Computing privacy advocates scored a big win on Monday, as Apple announced the inclusion of privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo in the next versions of Safari, which will ship as part of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 later this year.
Windows includes powerful built-in search capabilities, but it may not be configured to search inside your desired file types by default. Here’s how to change the Windows search indexing options, helping you find your most important files quickly.
With Windows 8, Microsoft tried to bridge the gap between local and online content. One way of doing this was to show the user Bing Web results while searching from the Start Screen. This can be helpful for some users, but many Windows users prefer to keep their local files separate from online Web results. Here’s how to disable Bing from the Windows 8.1 Start Screen search.
OS X’s built-in search feature is a powerful and convenient way to find files on your Mac, but results for system files like preferences and packages aren’t returned by default. This is fine for most users, but power users looking to tweak or troubleshoot their Mac or apps will find the limitation frustrating. Thankfully, a simple change to Finder’s search parameters can bring system files back to your search results.
Internet Explorer is a capable browser on the Microsoft Surface, but not everyone prefers to use the default search engine, Bing. Microsoft made changing the default search engine a bit tricky on the Surface and other Windows tablets, but we show you how.
Spotlight, introduced by Apple with OS X 10.4 Tiger, is a powerful system tool that allows for fast and easy searches of your entire Mac and any attached drives. For single users on secure Macs, it’s one of the best ways to find your files, app data, and even to launch applications. But if you share your Mac with others, or frequently use it in a public place, you may wish to temper Spotlight’s reach. Here are three ways to…