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Exclude Outlook results from Start Menu search in Windows 7

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  • In Windows 7 when you click Start and begin typing, it displays search results from various locations (Documents, Outlook, Pictures, etc).  I would like to avoid having Outlook results displayed in this list.

    Some people have suggested removing Outlook altogether from the Indexed Locations (see http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7files/thread/a617b2df-fe0f-4f70-9f08-a66ba8a10079).  However I believe this breaks the "instant search" function within Outlook.

    I am looking for a more surgical means of removing the Outlook results from the Start Menu while leaving the instant search feature intact.

    I have tried disabling the following two group policies (both under Local Group Policy Editor | User Configuration | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | Windows Explorer) with no effect:

    - Pin Libraries or Search Connectors to the "Search Again" links and the Start Menu
    - Pin Internet search sites to the "Search Again" links and the Start Menu

    I'm told that in Vista the following registry key did the trick, but that it doesn't work for Win7:

    HKCU | Software | Microsoft | Windows | CurrentVersion | Policies | Explorer | NoSearchCommInStartMenu

    Can anyone provide some advice?

    Sunday, August 08, 2010 4:12 PM

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  • Nevermind.. it seems that last registry key I alluded to did the trick after logging out and in again.  Leaving it up here in case it helps others!

    HKCU | Software | Microsoft | Windows | CurrentVersion | Policies | Explorer | NoSearchCommInStartMenu

    It is a 32-bit DWORD and the value should be 1 .
    Sunday, August 08, 2010 4:17 PM

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  • Nevermind.. it seems that last registry key I alluded to did the trick after logging out and in again.  Leaving it up here in case it helps others!

    HKCU | Software | Microsoft | Windows | CurrentVersion | Policies | Explorer | NoSearchCommInStartMenu

    It is a 32-bit DWORD and the value should be 1 .
    Sunday, August 08, 2010 4:17 PM
  • This does not work in windows 7 with outlook 2010.  the start menu search still lists all the useless outlook mails
    Saturday, October 13, 2012 8:36 PM