To find local files, settings options, or applications on your Windows 10 PC, the search features that come with your system should be the easiest option. Some users, however, say that When retrieving certain files, Windows search can become slow or even not work. In response, Microsoft’s recommendation is that users can try to reduce the number of indexed files to improve the performance of Windows Search programs.
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Unfortunately, even with this, some users are still unable to get a quick retrieval experience through the Start menu.
The good news is that Microsoft is quietly testing a new app that replaces Windows 10’s default search feature, PowerLauncher.
As a member of the Microsoft PowerToys project, it has attracted the interest of many engineers in Microsoft’s own home and community.
Recently released PowerToys, such as the Shortcut Manager and Batch File Renames tool, allow Advanced Windows users to customize the workflow of the operating system.
As for PowerLauncher’s new tool, Microsoft hopes it will overcome Windows Search’s ills to deliver a faster search experience. Jessica Yuwono, Engineer of the PowerToys Project Team, writes:
“Users pointed out that Soso was not fast enough to provide the expected results, and that community feedback was already at the fourth highest level, indicating a strong interest in PowerToys.”
It is reported that PowerLauncher, which is still under development, will support new experiences for files, web, and applications, while being compatible with traditional Windows 10 search hotkeys (WinKey and S).
PowerLauncher will focus on performance, not the fancy modern UI. But Microsoft brought in an independent designer to help engineers build PowerLauncher using Fluent Design.
Engineers say PowerLauncher can come with text suggestions, tabs autofill, and users can choose to run specific files or applications in administrator mode/PowerShell.
It is unclear whether Microsoft plans to release PowerLauncher for the Windows 10 operating system, which, if all goes well, is expected to be completed in the second half of 2020.