How to search for a file in windows

How to search for a file in windows

There are different methods to find files and folders in windows.

1. The Search box on the Start menu

To find file/folder using start menu:

i. Click the Start button and then type the name or part of the name (of file/folder) in the search box.

As you type, items that match your text will appear on the Start menu. The search results are based on text in the file name, text in the file, tags, and other file properties.

2. The search box in a folder or library

If you are looking for a file in a particular folder, then use the search box at the top of the open window.

To search for a file or folder by using the search box:

i. Type a word or part of a word in the search box.

Picture of the search box in a folder or library

As you type, the contents of the folder or library are filtered to reflect each successive character you type. When you see the file that you want, stop typing.

3. Expand a search beyond a specific library or folder

If you can't find what you're looking for in a specific library or folder, you can expand the search to include different locations.

1. Type a word in the search box.

2. Scroll to the bottom of the list of search results. Under Search again in, do one of the following:

  i. Click Libraries to search across every library.

 ii. Click Computer to search across your entire computer. This is the way to search for files that aren't indexed (such as system or program files). However, be aware that the search will be slower.

iii. Click Custom to search specific locations.

iv. Click Internet to search online, using your default web browser and your default search provider.

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2014-10-08 21:32
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