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Author:  Firedrops [ Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:56 am ]
Post subject:  How to stop specific programs from turning up in search?

Or, how do you re-order search results?

Scenario: I open Classic Start Menu and type into search "word", the first result is always "PasswordOnWakeSettingFlyout.exe", instead of Microsoft's Word 2016, which is the 2nd result.

Is there a way to permanently remove "PasswordOnWakeSettingFlyout.exe" from turning up in search? Or make it appear lower in the list?

Author:  Gaurav [ Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:27 am ]
Post subject:  Re: How to stop specific programs from turning up in search?

Over time, the menu remembers which items have been launched from the search and presents them first. If you launch Word a couple of times, it should become the top-most.

You can't re-order search results but there are a couple of tweaks you can do.

Open Classic Start Menu Settings and go to the Search Box tab. A few settings there are:

- Track frequency of use: Unchecking this will turn off sorting of search results by usage. If you uncheck it and check it again, the frequency data related to search, stored by the menu will be reset. This should make Word the top-most result, and most definitely after launching it a couple of times.

- Search the system path: Unchecking this will turn off searching of executable files located in the system path e.g. C:\Windows\system32\passwordonwakesettingflyout.exe. So only shortcut files will be searched, not EXE and other executable files.

- Match parts of words: Unchecking this will turn off matching of middle of words. So, typing 'word' won't return 'password...'

You can do either of these tweaks to control the search results.

On my PC, Word is always the top-most result:

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Author:  Firedrops [ Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:10 am ]
Post subject:  Re: How to stop specific programs from turning up in search?  Topic is solved

Thank you for the patient and detailed reply, Gaurav! Of those, I have decided to turn off searching of the system path for now, it seems to have the least side effects for my usage. Would probably turn back on frequency tracking if I ever need to frequently use system path exes, though. Thanks again!

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