How to Search the Web Faster in Windows 8

Bing App

Microsoft preloads its new Bing app onto the Windows 8 Start screen, tempting you to click it every time you need to search the Web. Though it’s very attractive, the dedicated app has a huge usability problem that’s sure to confuse many users. After you get your list of results and click on one, the app sends you to Internet Explorer to load the page. If you go to hit the back button in IE to return to your list of results, you’ll find that it doesn’t work and you need to switch back to the Bing app to see your results again.

Fortunately, there are several ways to conduct a web search without having to switch screens every time you want to return to your list of results. Pin a Bing web shortcut to the taskbar

Rather than running the Bing search app, you can create a Bing tile which simply launches the search engine in IE and lets you perform your queries. Simply navigate the Modern UI version of IE 10 to, click the Pin button, select Pin to Start and then click the Pin to Start button in the dialog box that appears.

  • Bing Browser Pin

    The Bing shortcut will appear on your Start screen where it will take you directly to the Bing home page in your browser. 

    Bing pinned to Start screen
    If you prefer to search with Google, you can pin that site instead. 

  • Search Internet Explorer, not Bing. Windows 8’s universal search feature allows you to search the Bing app directly, but you’d be better off selecting Internet Explorer so the results appear in the browser.
    Search with Internet Explorer
  • Dock Bing next to Internet Explorer.  If you really prefer searching in the Bing app, you can dock it next to Internet Explorer so you can see and click on the results without leaving the screen.
    Bing Docked Next to IE

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Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  1. Thomas Says:

    Am I missing something here? Doesn’t anyone just type their search in the address bar? I understand pinning Bing to the start screen if you don’t have the browser open, but if Metro IE is open, just right click or swipe down, tap the new tab button, and type in your search.

  2. Trevor Says:

    I think you getting caught up in trying to keep things the way they were in older versions of windows. after you click on a search result in Bing it opens it up in your default browser not necessarily IE and then when you want to go back to the search results you just swipe from the left to return to the previous application which in this case is the Bing results. For the laptops the majority of the touch gestures work on the touchpad aswell.

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