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Tech tips: How to search for files in File Explorer in Windows 8

Posted In Windows - By Techtiplib on Saturday, October 20th, 2012 With No Comments »

To search for files File Explorer, use the search box in the top right. Search looks in all folders and subfolders within the library or folder you’re viewing. When you tap or click inside the search box, the Search Tools tab appears. As you enter your search terms, your results will start to appear with your search terms highlighted.

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Here are some other things you can do with the search box and the Search Tools tab:

  • To search for all files with a particular file extension, such as .txt, you can enter it like this: *.txt.
  • To search for a file based on properties such as the date it was last modified or what kind of file it is (such as “Picture”), first tap or click the Search Tools tab and use the options in the Refine group, then enter your search terms in the search box. For example, if you want to search only file names and not file contents, tap or click Other properties, choose Name, then enter your search term.
  • 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. When the search results appear, tap or click the Search Tools tab, then choose an option under Search again in. (Some options might not be available in Windows RT.)
  • If search results don’t contain matches from file contents, the location you’re searching isn’t in the search index. To include file contents for a single search, tap or click the Search Tools tab, tap or click Advanced options, then choose File contents. To add the location to the index so that file contents are always included in searches, tap or click the Search Tools tab, tap or click Advanced options, then choose Change indexed locations. For more information about adding locations to the index, see Indexing and Search in Windows 8.

For information about using the Search charm, see How to search in Windows 8


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