- Using the Explorer Window
- Changing the Explorer Window View
- Opening and Viewing the Computer
- Viewing and Opening Documents
- Opening Recently Used Documents
- Working with Personal Folders
- Navigating Between Folders
- Viewing the Folders List
- Changing the Explorer Layout
- Customizing the Navigation Pane
- Organizing Files by Headings
- Searching for Files and Folders
- Saving a Search
- Changing Search Options
- Performing an Instant Search
- Performing an Advanced Search
- Performing Natural Language Searches
- Adding Properties and Tags to Files
- Modifying the Index to Improve Searches
- Creating and Renaming Files and Folders
- Copying and Moving Files and Folders
- Deleting and Restoring Files and Folders
- Creating a Shortcut to a File or Folder
- Hiding Files and Folders
- Changing Folder Options
- Changing File and Folder List Views
- Customizing Personal Folders
- Sharing Folders or Files with Others
- Compressing Files and Folders
- Managing Files Using a CD or DVD
Performing Natural Language Searches
If using properties and boolean filters seems a little to much for you to handle, you can find files using natural language search (New!), which allows you to perform the same property or boolean search, yet use a form that is easier to use. Instead of kind: document author: (Steve AND Holly), you can type documents by Steve and Holly. Before you can use natural language in a Search box, you need to turn it on under the Search tab in Folder Options in the Control Panel.
Turn On Natural Language Search
- Click the Start button, and then Control Panel.
- Double-click the Folder Options icon in Classic view.
- Click the Search tab.
- Select the Use natural language search check box.
Perform a Natural Language Search
- Click in the Search box at the bottom of the Start menu or at the top of an Explorer window.
- Type a natural language search. Some examples include:
- documents modified today
- e-mail from holly sent this week
- music by Mozart
- videos of family created December 2007