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Searching for Files and Folders

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Sometimes remembering precisely where you stored a file can be difficult. Windows Vista allows you to use Windows Search Explorer (by default) or a third-party search application (NewSP1), 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 keyboard shortcuts. Windows Search Explorer provides easy access to all of your most common files, such as documents, pictures, music, and e-mail, in a single view. If you don’t find the file or folders you’re looking for, you can perform an advanced search. 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

  • yellow01.jpg Start the default search application using any of the following:
    • Press Windows logo+F.
    • Click Start and then press F3.
    • Press Ctrl+F in an Explorer window.
  • yellow02.jpg Click the type of file you want to locate: All, E-mail, Document, Picture, Music, or Other.
    • To search for folders, click All.
  • yellow03.jpg Click in the Search box.
  • yellow04.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.

Create an Advanced Search

  • yellow01.jpg Start the default search application using any of the following:
    • Press Windows logo+F.
    • Click Start and then press F3.
    • Press Ctrl+F in an Explorer window.
  • yellow02.jpg Click the type of file you want to locate: All, E-mail, Document, Picture, Music, or Other.
  • yellow03.jpg Click the Advanced Search button.
  • yellow04.jpg Specify the options you want:
    • Name. Type a file name.

    • Tags. Type a property tag.

    • Title. Type the author name.

    • Location. Click the list arrow, and then select a location.

    • Date. Click the first list arrow, select the date type you want to find, click the second list arrow, select a search criteria, and then specify a value.

    • Size. Click the list arrow, select a search criteria, and then specify a value.

  • yellow05.jpg Select or clear the Include non-indexed, hidden, and system files (might be slow) check box.
  • yellow06.jpg Click Search.
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