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Search from Desktop in Windows Server 2012

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Trying to get used to Windows Server 2012. Is there anyway to put a shortcut to the Search feature on the desktop. It's so cumbersome to have to move the mouse to the bottom corner to get the "charms" and then click Search. With 2008 you could search right from "Run". I want that back. Why did they make this more work??
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Question by:leatherleaf
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You can use "windows key + F" in a pinch.
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Thanks, but we manage all of our servers remotely, so using the Windows key doesn't work (it controls the host machine, not our rdp machine). Ideally, you should be able to pin it to the taskbar.
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You can always install a utility that will bring back the classic "start button: and all it's features.  They should work on Server 2012 as well as windows 8.  

I use start8 (paid app), but there are a couple of free alternatives as well.   You can always give them a shot.  They all restore the search box to the start button menu at least.

Paid Apps:
Start8 (http://www.stardock.com/products/start8)

Free Apps:
Start button for Windows 8 (http://windows8startbutton.com/)
Start Menu 8 (http://www.iobit.com/iobitstartmenu8.php)
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Installed the iobit start menu and it's working great. thanks!
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Great!  Glad it helped.
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