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Tech Tip 29: The Secret to a Successful File Search in Windows

Posted on: April 16, 2009


Ever looked for a file that you found difficult to locate? Sometimes you might not even remember the name of the file but you know there was a video file somewhere on your harddisk that you need to see…or an old word document you need to refer to. Many times, when you save a file, you tend to forget where it was saved or what it was called. The Windows Search tool comes in handy in such a situation.

Just remember the secret charater to search all file types, providing you know the file extensions, e.g. .jpg, .mov, .doc, .xls  and so on. Use the ‘*’ symbol for searching this file and the search wizard will list all the files on your harddisk with the corresponding file type. Its very simple, just click on Search all files and folders in the Search Wizard, then in the textbox type *.doc to search for all word documents, or *.jpg to search for all the picture or image files you have on your computer. This way you’ll also be able to locate lost files since it displays the root directories and shows where the file was saved.

This is a very helpful tip and very less people know about it. So next time just use this method and save yourself from scratching your head to jog your memory! lol…

Look out for different categories of posts – one of the new ones will be on programming in Visual Basic.

– Millie

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