Using Search Connectors in Windows 7

With Windows 7 comes a new feature called ‘Federated Search’ that lets you search multiple online database or web resource. What that means to a Windows user? Well that means now you can search Internet from within Windows Explorer and it will display Windows Explorer itself! Search results are displayed in Windows Explorer and users can browse over them as if they were local data.

For that you need to deploy a small add-in for Windows Explorer, that is called ‘Search Connector’. A separate Search Connector is required to search the repective site, that is, if it supports Federated search. There are few websites now which support Federated search and have their Search Connector available for download.

How to use Search Connector

There are few Search Connector available for download. They are the .OSDX file which we need to download and execute.

    • Download the .OSDX file from list below or search it on the internet.


    • Double click on the Search Connector file. It will prompt you if you want to add it to the Windows, click YES.


    • The Search Provider will appear under the Favorites in Windows Explorer.


    • Click on the Search Provider you have installed and type the search query. Results will be displayed in the Windows Explorer windows itself. Click on the link and it will take you to the website directly.