Internet search from the "Start" menu
Search bar in the "Start" menu allows you to search among the menu shortcuts and local files, it would make sense to use this function to search the Web. Microsoft developers provide this option, but it is locked by default. How to correct this injustice is explained below.
To turn on the Internet search, you need to run the "Local Group Policy Editor» (gpedit.msc), in it open "User Configuration" → Administrative Templates → "Start" menu and taskbar. And then by double-clicking open parameter properties: Add link "Search Internet link to "Start" menu", set a check mark next to "Enable" and apply the changes.
Now above the search menu a link will appear "Search the Internet", just enter your query in the bar and click on the link - the page with the results will open in the default browser.
Unfortunately, this feature is not applicable to all of the browsers, including Opera 11.01 where search is not working correctly (with Firefox 3.6, Chrome 8, IE 8 problems not observed), and the tool "Local Group Policy Editor" is not available to users of the Start and Home versions of the operating system .