Solution – Windows 7 search a file instead of selecting the file when typing in Explorer

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Windows 7 search feature is very powerful and enhanced. You can quickly find almost anything on your PC and across your network.

But sometimes you may find windows 7 search behaving weird. Recently I found a funny problem with my explorer. Whenever I type anything into a windows explorer, the system automatically start searching that word instead of selecting a file starting with that character.

Its actually not a windows 7 bug, but its a feature of windows 7 search that let you search a file instantly and automatically as you type in Explorer.

How to turn off automatic / instant search in explorer

  • Open Computer Explorer
  • Click the Organise button located in the top left of the explorer and then click Folder and search options.
  • Click view tab.
  • Check “Select the typed item in the view”.
  • Click Apply and then OK button to apply new change. Restart explorer.

Now windows 7 explorer will not search automatically as you type.

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