Information Finding with Windows 7

Thursday, December 10, 2009 ·

Today's improvement in online and computer search technology has made the position of information and files so simple and easy but in the past it was tedious. The Windows Search technology that is created in the Windows 7 is simply excellent. We analyzed the search capabilities in Windows Vista as one of its top three features, but the Windows 7 search engine is much better.

Using Windows Search, you can find programs, files, messages, and message attachments on your computer almost in less time. You don’t have to know the name or location of the file or item you want to search. Just type a word or phrase in the Start menu Search box to view a list of matching items, managed by type. To make this list short, display the folder in Windows Explorer and then enter your search term in the Search box in the upper-right corner of the window. Windows Search organizes an index of all the key words in and associated data files on your computer like program names, common tasks, documents, music, videos, graphics, local copies of e-mail messages, Web pages stored in the recent history or Favorites list, and other data. Windows Search automatically finds the most common file types such as Word documents, text files, and e-mail messages and many more.

For certain types of files such as PowerPoint presentations, Windows Search finds the file properties and the file data, but for others like PowerPoint slide templates, it finds only the file properties. When you enter a search term, Windows looks for the term in the index instead of finding the original files on your hard disk. If a simple search from the Start menu Search box or the Search box in a Windows Explorer window doesn’t finds the item you want, then you can perform more advanced searches in the Search Results folder.

Your search basis can include the date of the file when it was created, its size, part of its name or title, its author, and any tags you might have listed as properties of the file. You can save a list of search parameters so that you can view updated results at any time. Saved searches are added to the Favorites group in Windows Explorer and are also present in the personal Searches folder.

You can change which file types and position are included in the Windows Search index at any time. You can change the search settings in the following places. In the Search tab of the Folder Options dialog box you can open the Folder Options dialog box by clicking Organize on the toolbar of any Windows Explorer window and then clicking on the Folder And Search Options on the Organize menu. You can specify whether Windows Search returns results from file contents as well as file names, whether results of folder-specific searches include files located in subfolders. Whether a search returns results that don’t match the search term but have, for example, a common root, and other options with the standard Windows Search scope. In the Change Selected Locations list, you can select or clear the check boxes of specific folders to show which should be included in the search index.