What is the most effective way to perform file, folder or data searches in Windows Vista? Is it the same as it was finding files in Windows XP?
No! Performing searches has drastically changed in Windows Vista; what used to be a nightmare is now an easily accomplished task using Vista’s powerful new Search features.
If you’re looking to find an application or file, you can now use the Start Search feature found in the Start menu.
For example, let’s say that you wanted to find your Microsoft Office applications; you can do the following:
1. Click the Start button.
2. Type “office” in the Start Search box of the Start menu.
3. Select the desired program, file, or communication.
The screen below shows what Windows Vista returns if you follow the above steps:
If you are working with the Documents folder, you can perform an instantaneous search using the Searches folder from Favorite Links. The new Searches feature contains a number of specific searches that Windows Vista performs on startup; if you select one of the pre-saved criteria, you get immediate results.
To use Searches:
1. Open Documents.
2. Select Searches from Favorite Links.
3. Choose one of the pre-saved search criteria; the results are displayed instantaneously.
The following screen shows the Searches criteria followed by its results.
You can also use the Search box located at the top right of any folder to look for any file or application on your computer. Once completed, you may opt to click Save Search and save it as a pre-saved search criteria as mentioned above.
There’s also the Search feature available in the Start menu. The Advanced feature button lets you supply additional information that can facilitate searches, as shown below.
As you can see, Windows Vista provides considerably more, and better, ways to find what you’re looking for fast.