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Performing an Instant Search

You can also find files and programs using the Search box at the bottom of the Start menu and at the top of every Explorer window. As you type, the Search box (New!) filters out items that don’t match the text you type. The search results continue to narrow as you continue to type. The search includes text in the file name, text in the file, tags (a custom file property), and other file properties. The search locates files and programs stored anywhere in indexed locations, which includes personal folders, e-mail, offline files, and web sites in the History list for your web browser. If you don’t find what you are looking for during a search, you can click See more results (New!) at the bottom of the Start menu search results to use additional Windows search capabilities. After you complete a search, you can use the Arrange by option to display your results the way you want (New!), which include Top Results and other properties, such as Date modified and Type.

Find a File or Program Using the Search Box on the Start Menu

  • one.jpg Click the Start button.
  • two.jpg Click in the Search box.
  • three.jpg Type a word or part of a word.

    As you type, programs and files that match your text appear on the Start menu. You don’t have to press Enter.

  • four.jpg If you don’t find what you are looking for during a search, you can click See more results to use Windows search capabilities.
  • five.jpg To clear and close the search, click the Close button (x) in the Search box.

Find a File or Folder Using the Search Box From a Folder

  • one.jpg Click the Start button, and then open the Explorer window where you want to start looking, such as Documents, Pictures, or Music.
  • two.jpg Click in the Search box.

    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.

  • four.jpg To change the results display, click the Arrange by button (New!), and then select an option: Top Results or other properties, such as Author, Date modified, Tag, and Type.
  • five.jpg To search again in other locations, click one of the following locations (New!): 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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