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search windows01 Quick Tips to Help You Use the Windows Search FunctionWindows 7′s search function is “beefed” up a little. This guide will help you use the Windows 7 function but only scratches the surface. If you have other tips, please let us know in the comments.

Specifically, this guide covers the following:

  • Search from:
    • The Start menu
    • The Search Box
    • Anywhere
  • Search Filters

Search from Different Locations

You can search your PC (and even the internet — see Search Connectors) from anywhere. Here’s just a few places:

The Start Menu

To search from the Start menu, press the Windows Key or click the Start button. Start typing to search your PC:

search windows01 Quick Tips to Help You Use the Windows Search Function

The Search Box

If you’re browsing Computer, Documents, Pictures etc. you can search right within Windows Explorer. When using Windows Explorer, press CTRL+F (or F3) to jump to the search box:

search windows02 Quick Tips to Help You Use the Windows Search Function

Search from Anywhere

F3 is generally used as a search key. Press it on the desktop and you’ll see this:

search windows05 Quick Tips to Help You Use the Windows Search Function

Press it in Firefox and you’ll see this:

search ff Quick Tips to Help You Use the Windows Search Function

Put simply, press F3 in most programs (that have a search function) and you’ll be taken to the search function.

Search Filters

Search filters are designed to… filter your search results. Here are just a few filters you can type in the Windows Explorer search box (remember to include the colon after the keyword):

kind: This will filter by the kind of file i.e. Calendar, Document etc.

datemodified: Did you work on something yesterday but can’t find it now? Use the datemodified filter to find everything you modified yesterday:

search windows03 Quick Tips to Help You Use the Windows Search Function

datetaken: Do you want to find photos you took on your last trip? Use the datetaken keyword to find photos taken on the day of the trip.

size: Want to find large files to clean up your hard drive? Use the size filter:

search windows04 Quick Tips to Help You Use the Windows Search Function

These are four I’ve used, which filters am I missing? Let us know in the comments.



 Quick Tips to Help You Use the Windows Search Function

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Comments

  • Uvais

    good Post Rich
    I luv F3 option in Firefox ;)
    n BTW is it any trick of searching Registry by date??

  • http://www.kirk-f.com Kirk F.

    Interesting. Very interesting indeed.

    What you forgot to mention is that “Search Indexer” needs to be running.

    Regards,
    http://www.Kirk-f.com

    • http://richr.org/ Rich

      It doesn’t need to be running but it sure helps when you want fast results. Thanks.

  • http://profiles.google.com/robertj961 Rosa jackson

    these are really good windows tips and tricks and secrets.these tips and secret help me a lot.if anybody thinking to buy windows 7.may be some people show interest in windows 7 after reading this article

    • http://richr.org/ Rich

      Thanks!

      (Sent from my phone)


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