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Searching for Files and Folders

WINV-4.4.5, WINV-4.4.6

Sometimes remembering precisely where you stored a file can be difficult. Windows provides a Search folder (New!) to help you find and view all of your files or folders in one place. The Search folder 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 the History list for your Web browser. The Search folder is accessible from the Start menu (or any folder window) to help you locate files and folders.

Create a Simple Search by Type

  • yellow_circle_1.gif Click the Start button, and then click Search.
  • yellow_circle_2.gif Click the type of file you want to locate: All, E-mail, Document, Picture, Music, or Other.
    • To search for folders, click All.
  • yellow_circle_3.gif Click in the Search box.

  • yellow_circle_4.gif 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

  • yellow_circle_1.gif Click the Start button, and then click Search.
  • yellow_circle_2.gif Click the type of file you want to locate: All, E-mail, Document, Picture, Music, or Other.
  • yellow_circle_3.gif Click the Advanced Search button.

  • yellow_circle_4.gif Specify the search 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 search 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.
  • yellow_circle_5.gif Select or clear the Include non-indexed, hidden, and system files (might be slow) check box.
  • yellow_circle_6.gif Click Search.

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