The search function in Windows 7 is very helpful for users to look for files, folders, applications, videos, etc. But, sometimes the results that come up are exactly not what you were looking for. So, here are some tips to make the search option in Windows 7 function as you want it to.
Search from the ‘Start’ menu
The Windows Explorer searches for the query only in the folder in which you are in and not the entire computer. If you have Libraries open in Windows Explorer, it will only search your libraries. If you are not sure where the file is that you are looking for, open up the ‘Start’ menu and search from there. It will search your entire computer for files, folders, and programs matching those terms. For detailed results, click ‘See More Results’.
Searching content of files
By default, Windows Explorer searches the contents of your files. But, due to some unknown reasons, this doesn’t work all the time. To improve content searching, open Windows Explorer and go to ‘Organize’, ‘Folder and Search Options’, and then click on the ‘Search’ tab. Then, just check the ‘Always search file names and contents’ radio button.
Choose file extensions to be searched by content
To search the contents of a file having extensions like .conf or .sh, go to the ‘Start’ menu and search for ‘Indexing Options’. Choose the top result that comes up, and then click the ‘Advanced’ button. Under the ‘File Types’ tab, you can add a new extension to the list, or edit any extension on the list to index the contents of the file. You can also uncheck any file extension to stop the search from indexing that file type.
The above-discussed tips are quite simple and useful. So, the next time you are unable to locate any file or folder, just try out any of the above given tips. To know more about advanced tips for searching in Windows 7, click here.