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Searching for Files and Folders

Sometimes remembering precisely where you stored a file can be difficult. Windows 7 allows you to use Windows Search Explorer (by default) or a third-party search application, such as Google Desktop Search, to help you find and view all of your files or folders in one place. You start a search by using the Search box. As you type in a Search box, the search looks for matches in the file name, contents, and property tags, and displays the highlighted results (New!) in a Search Results folder. If you don’t find the file or folders you’re looking for, you can perform an advanced search using a menu (New!) from the Search box. An advanced search gives you the option to find files or folders by type, name, title, location, date (taken, modified, or created), size, or property tag. The search locates files and programs stored anywhere in indexed locations, which includes personal folders, e-mail, offline files, and web sites in your History list.

Create a Simple Search by Type

  • one.jpg Start the default search application using any of the following:
    • Open an Explorer window in the location where you want to search.
    • Press Windows logo+F.
  • two.jpg Click in the Search box or press Ctrl+F.

    A search menu appears. Disregard the menu for a simple search.

  • three.jpg Type a word or part of a word.

    As you type, programs and files that match your text appear highlighted (New!) in the Search Results window. You don’t have to press Enter.

Create an Advanced Search

  • one.jpg Start the default search application using any of the following:
    • Open an Explorer window in the location where you want to search.
    • Press Windows logo+F.
  • two.jpg Click in the Search box or press Ctrl+F.

    A Search menu appears with advanced options.

  • three.jpg Click the filter option you want on the Search menu. The filter options vary depending on the folder contents. Some of the filter options include:
    • Name. Searches by file name.

    • Authors. Searches by the document’s author.

    • Tags. Searches by a property tag.

    • Date modified. Searches by date modified.

    • Size. Searches by file size.

    • Type. Searches by file type.

  • four.jpg Type in the Search box or select from the menu the criteria you want based on the search option you selected.
    • To add more search filter options, click back in the Search box at the end to display the Search menu.
  • five.jpg To search again in other locations, click one of the following locations: Libraries, Homegroup, Computer, Custom, or Internet.
  • six.jpg To clear and close the search, click the Close button (x) in the Search box.
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