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Changing Search Options


When you perform a search for files or folders, Windows Vista uses the search options (New!) to help customize the search results. You can specify whether you want to search for file names and content or just for file names and whether to include subfolders or find partial matches. For non-indexed searches, you can set options to include system directories or compressed files (ZIP, CAB...). The search options are available in the Folder Options dialog box under the Search tab.

Change Search Options

  • yellow_circle_1.gif Click the Start button, and then click Search.
  • yellow_circle_2.gif Click the Organize button on the toolbar, and then click Folder and Search Options.
  • yellow_circle_3.gif Click the Search tab.
  • yellow_circle_4.gif Select the What to search option you want.
  • yellow_circle_5.gif Select or clear the check boxes under How to search:
    • Include subfolders when typing in the Search box.
    • Find partial matches.
    • Use natural language search.
    • Don’t use the Index when searching the file system (might be slow).
  • yellow_circle_6.gif Select or clear the check boxes under When searching non-indexed locations:
    • Include system directories.
    • Include compressed files (ZIP, CAB, ...)
  • yellow_circle_7.gif Click OK.

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