Note: This tip relies on the Group Policy Editor, which isn’t available in some versions of Windows 7. Thus, this tip will not work if you have the Home Premium, Starter, or Home Basic editions of Windows 7.
The Start Menu’s search box is a convenient way to search through your PC — but you can also have it do double-duty and perform Internet searches as well. To enable this feature:
1. In the Start Menu search box, type
GPEDIT.MSC and press Enter to run the Group Policy Editor.
2. Go to User Configuration –> Administrative Templates –> Start Menu and Taskbar.
3. Double-click “Add Search Internet link to Start Menu,” and from the screen that appears, select Enabled. Then click OK and close the Group Policy Editor.
4. From now on, when you type a search term in the Search box on the Start Menu, a “Search the Internet” link will appear. Click the link to launch the search in your default browser with your default search engine.