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Searching for Files

As organized as you might be, you may not always be able to find the specific files you want. Fortunately, Windows Vista offers an easy way to locate difficult-to-find files, via the new Instant Search function. Instant Search indexes all the files stored on your hard disk (including email messages) by type, title, and contents. So you can search for a file by extension, filename, or keywords within the document.

To use the Instant Search feature, follow these steps:

  1. From within the Explorer window, locate the Search box at the top right of the window, as shown in Figure 7.2.
    Figure 7.2

    Figure 7.2 The Search box in Windows Explorer.

  2. Enter one or more keywords into the search box.
  3. Press Enter, or click the Go button (looks like a magnifying glass).

Vista now displays a list of files that match your search criteria. Double-click any icon to open that file.

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