Windows® 7 Search: Access your files with ease
With Windows 7 Search, you can make a quicker search at different locations of your system without any complexity. Windows 7 provides different ways to find files and folders. Depending upon the situation, you can use the particular option.
Windows 7 Search can help you find anything, randomly
Click the Start button, and then type a word or part of a word in the search box. As you type, items that match your text will appear on the Start menu. The search is based on text in the file name, text in the file, tags, and other file properties.
Note: When searching from the Start menu, only indexed files will appear in search results. Most files on your computer are indexed automatically. For example, anything you include in a library is automatically indexed.
To find files or folder when you know location like Document, Library etc.
Now, if you know the location for a file, that it is present in a particular folder or library, such as Documents or Pictures. Browsing for the file might mean looking through hundreds of files and subfolders. To save time and effort, use the search box at the top of the open window. Now, suppose that you're searching for your invoice files, so you type "invoice" in the search box. As you type, the view is automatically filtered and you see something as shown in the figure:
Now the third and most effective and time saving is Search filters. If you're searching for a file based on one or more of its properties (with tag and date on which it has been modified), it will also specify the property of the searched item. Proceed as below:
In a library or folder, click in the search box, and then click the relevant search filter below the search box. (For example, to search the Music library for songs by a particular artist, click the Artists search filter.)
Select a value depending on which search filter you click. For example, if you click the Artists search filter, click an artist from the list.
You can repeat these steps to build complex searches on multiple properties.