Windows® 7 Search File Contents
How can one make Windows 7 search file contents?
Microsoft simplified everything in Windows 7. If you need to search file content, you can do it very easily in Windows 7. This feature in Windows 7 avoids indexing and other problems associated with other file searching facilities in other Operating systems. Windows 7's search box is very smart in searching apps and file names within a short span of time. This searching option could also search file content in your system. You could extend the level of search accordingly. The regular search option of Windows 7 does a usual file search with the help of indexes. It is a much faster and simple file search. If you want to search file contents, you need to change the option by selecting 'Option' from 'Tools'. Then, you need to select the 'Universal content' tab in the 'Search' tab. But a drawback of this method is that as the contents are searched universally, this process is very slow. But the speed of search depends on the contents in the hard drive.
Different ways for file content search in Windows 7:
- Using search box in 'Start' menu
- Using search box in folder
- Search beyond a folder
Using search box in 'Start' menu
In Windows 7, this is the simple and quick way of searching files. The 'Start' menu of Windows 7 contains a search box. You could use this search box to find out various files, folders, and even e-mail messages stored in your system. From the 'Start' button, type a word or a part of word in the 'Search' box and all the matching items would be listed in the 'Start' menu. The problem with this search is that only indexed files could be listed on using it.
Using search box of folder
By searching within a specific folder, you could save time as you are limiting the search to a particular folder. To use this facility, you could type the name of the file in the search box at the top of the window which is opened. You could also limit the search to a library. The file would be searched in all the files and folders within the library. You could very easily search for the various files. You need to type some letters of the filename in the search box. Then all the matching contents could come in the resulting list.
Windows 7 gives you the facility to improve the searching location. Rather than searching in a particular library or folder, you could improve the searching location beyond that. To do this type of advanced searching, you could type a word in the search box and then from the resulting list, scroll to the bottom and select the 'Search again' option. You could select the location up to which searching could be done. This includes library, Computer, Custom, and Internet option. If you search up to computer, your entire computer would be searched. Custom search is the way of customizing the search. If you select Internet option, you could search online.
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