I was looking for a phrase some where on my hard drive - so naturally I used MSN Desktop Search - and I found the file that contains the phrase. A word document with > 5000 words.

So these are the steps that I had to go thru to find the phrase I wanted.
1. Type the search phrase into the msn bar at the bottom of the screen
2. Wait for the result window to open
3. Find the right file from all of the returned files
4. Double click the file to open it.
5. hit ctrl f in Microsoft word
6. Retype the search phrase into Microsoft word
7. Click Find to find the item.

7 Steps to find something from the search bar. What if we could smoothen things out so that we could stop the process at 4.

So that the process now is :
1. Type the search phrase into the msn bar at the bottom of the screen
2. Wait for the result window to open
3. Find the right file from all of the returned files
4. Double click the file to open it.

at this point Word would open and immediately search for the search phase and highlight it.

How do I suggest this happening? Like thus.
Applications can define commands (verbs) to run against their associated document types so for example if you right click on a word document you would have Open,Edit,New,Print etc...

My suggestion - apps would define another command type called "Search". When a user clicks on a document in the windows desktop search window then search will open the app passing the command line defined in the registry key and the name of the document and the search term.

When the app (any app - I was using word as an example) - received the search command it will load the specified file and immediately do a search for the appropriate phrase.