Federated search is one of the best features of Windows 7. Users can really save enough amount of time by using Windows 7 federated search feature.
If you are unaware, Federated search enables the user to search remote data sources from within Windows Explorer. Remote data sources make themselves searchable with a simple web front end that exposes their search capabilities. In simple words, Federated Search feature provides the ability to search any web site within Windows Explorer.
You can simply create a federated search connectors using out guide “How to create and use federated search connectors” in Windows 7.
In Vista we can’t use the federated search from Windows Explorer. Instead we can use it from in-built Internet Explorer browser. You need to follow our step-by-step procedure to be able to use this federated search feature in Internet Explorer of Windows Vista. Note that this method works fine on Windows 7 as well. Thanks to my friend Manan for this nice tweak.
1. Open your favorite site (in Internet Explorer) for which you would like to create Search Connector. Let’s consider Into Windows as our example.
2. Next, in the search filed of the website, type TEST and search.
3. In the resulting page, copy the URL of the page.
4. Open Microsoft Search Connector in Internet Explorer.
5. Paste the copied URL in the URL box and enter a name for the Search Provider field.
6. Click Install button to finish the procedure.
7. Open your Internet Explorer in Vista or Windows 7, and you should be able to see your favorite site name (Ex: Into Windows).
You can follow the above procedure for any site to make this happen. Now you can search your favorite site (Into Windows) directly from the Internet Explorer Instant Search box.