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File Search in Windows 7

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To start searching for files in Windows 7, you need to open Explorer and select the folder in which you want to search, or, if you don’t know what directory the file is in, select “My Computer”. Then the search will be performed on all hard drives.

You need to search for files of any format using the search bar, which is located in the upper right corner of Explorer in any of its windows. A keyword or phrase must be entered on this line.

The search is performed very quickly by analogy with the request processing mechanism in any search engine. As you enter a query word, the system immediately starts browsing files and displaying results with names containing the entered characters, words or phrases.

How to use filters for search

At first glance, it might seem that such familiar filters available in XP, such as the date of creation or change, file type, size, and author, are not available when searching in Windows 7, but this is not at all the case.

When you enter a search query, a list of filters corresponding to the type of file you are looking for appears in the drop-down line, the conditions of which can be set right there in the search bar. To do this, click on the desired filter and set its value, for example, the date of the change "Last week".

How to find files of a certain type

To find a file whose format is known, for example, audio, video, photo or a document but its name, creation date or other parameters are unknown, you can use the search by file type, specifying its extension in the search conditions.

Documents . To search for documents of the Word format, you need to enter the characters “* .doc” (for the Word 2003 format) or “* .docx” (for the Word 2007-2010 format) in the search line. An asterisk denotes any sequence of any characters.

For Excel files you need to use the characters “* .xls” (for Excel 2003 format) or “* .xlsx” (for Excel 2007-2010 format).

For text format files created using the Notepad application, enter “* .txt” into the search box.

Video. To search for video files, specify the video file extension in the search bar. The most popular extensions: “* .avi”, “*. Mp4”, “* .mpeg”, “* .wmv”, “* .3gp”, “* .mov”, “* .flv”, “*. Swf ". You can find out the file extension by right-clicking on it and selecting "Properties" in the context menu, where its extension will be indicated in the "File Type" line.

Audio. The most popular audio file format used on computers is MP3, and to search for them you need to enter the characters “* .mp3” in the line.

Images and photographs. To search for images in the search bar, you should enter the most used extensions of such files “* .jpg”, “*. Jpeg”, “* .png”, “* .bmp”, “* .tiff”, “* .gif”.

How to find a file in a large list of already found files

It often happens that the file attributes are unknown, or only one is known, and it is very uninformative. For example, it is known that the document was created last year. However, over the past year a huge number of documents have been created, stored in different places. View and check the huge number of files found by one attribute often does not seem real.

To find the desired file in the list of already found files, you can use several filters at the same time, setting and changing each of them in the search process as necessary. Each time you add a new filter, the selection will be made again in the list of found files, reducing processing time and the number of results, which greatly simplifies the search for the file you are looking for.

How to find a file by content

As a rule, the search for files in Windows 7 is performed by the content of the request in the file name, and not in the text that the file contains. To find the file with the desired word in its text, and not in the name, you need to perform simple settings.

Let's say the task is to find among 500 files a document with the word "Shovel" in its contents. To do this, click "Organize" on the control panel and select the line "Search Folder Options" in the drop-down menu.

Next, go to the “Search” tab and put a dot in the line “Always search by file names and contents”.

It is worth noting that a search with this parameter will take a longer time, and when the need to search by content is no longer needed, this option should be turned off.

How to save search terms

It often happens that files need to be searched often, the same search conditions are used for this, and there are several of these conditions. In order not to waste time each time introducing the same search parameters, a list of these conditions can be saved.

To do this, you need to set the search conditions, wait for the results to be returned, and when it is finished, click on the “Save search conditions” button on the control panel, and in the window that opens, enter the file name for the repeated query, for example, “JULY 2013”.

In the future, when the saved set of search conditions is again needed, the desired shortcut can always be selected in Explorer and the Favorites folder under the saved name.

How to clear search terms

By clicking on the cross at the end of the search line, you can clear the previously entered information and filter conditions that were used for the search, and the line will become empty.

Having tried the search in Windows 7 several times, you can in practice be convinced of its practicality, ease and speed. Now you know how to search for files in Windows 7.

Windows 7 Search Basics

It goes without saying that some basic search elements have been retained. But the file search itself in Windows 7 has become slower. In addition, if you enter a conventional computer scan for files with a specific extension, the system itself involves the use of a comparison of the entered type only in the name of the file or folder.

Unfortunately, the same search in the contents of the Windows 7 file in the initial settings does not imply at all. It, as well as other parameters, has to be configured in manual mode. What this approach was associated with is still a mystery.

Standard Tools

Naturally, when calling the standard explorer, you can use either the search bar in the upper right part of the main application window, or the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + F. Actually, it works in almost all programs, with rare exceptions.

But now about the system. As for the search for programs and applications, everything is simple. The system is optimized in this regard very well. Even in the Start menu in the bottom line, you can enter at least part of the name. The result will be instant. If for some reason he is not satisfied with the user, a link below is displayed indicating that you can familiarize yourself with other search results. In principle, it is very convenient. In addition, in this case, all expected matches will be shown, even sorted by file type.

Search customization

In order to correctly configure the search for files in Windows 7, you just need to type the phrase “Search Options” in the main menu “Start” on the bottom line and select their change in the results.

In the new window, do not use the search parameter by name or file content. This is due to the fact that the system will produce a huge number of extraneous results, especially if the service responsible for the partial match is involved.

In this case, when searching for files in Windows 7, it’s better to use a change in indexing options. At the same time, you should not choose system folders in which the desired file simply cannot be located.

Another important point in the indexing options is setting up search by extension. On the “Advanced” tab, you just need to select the desired types of registered extensions in the system, and then set the indexing property and content as a priority. Thus, you can get rid of the appearance of results that may coincide with the original at least partially.

In the same "Explorer", when you click on the search bar, you can select the appropriate filters. It’s worth noting right away: the more filters, the slower the search for files will be in Windows 7. You understand that you need to use them with a certain amount of caution, and then only in extreme cases when you need to find something specific with complete confidence that such a file or folder is present on the hard drive or in a logical partition.

Search for duplicate files

Unfortunately, duplicate files using standard Windows 7 tools are quite problematic. That is why it is recommended to search for duplicate files using third-party utilities.

One of the simplest programs is the famous Duplicate File Finder application. It is designed even for an inexperienced user and allows you to perform almost all operations without his participation. But the trouble is - then you have to puzzle over which of the duplicates to delete. The fact is that, when installing different versions, some programs can embed files with the same names and extensions into the system, which the application itself can identify as the same (even when comparing checksums). So here you need to be very careful.

Program for finding files in Windows 7

As for the search tools, we already figured out a little what it is. Now it is worth noting that the question of how to enable file search in Windows 7 has another aspect. Everyone knows that recovery of deleted files and folders in the system is not provided.

Here it is better to use system utilities such as the Recuva program, which is able to recover deleted data even after formatting the hard drive or partition. Unfortunately, it, like some other software packages, does not always work correctly in terms of determining the status of a remote file. In addition, some utilities have a generally narrow focus. For example, they can search and restore only multimedia files (graphics, video or audio) or office documents. So here you need to choose exactly what the user needs at the moment.

As for how to search for hidden files in Windows 7, everything is simple. When using standard system tools, you must first enable their display in the service menu on the “View” tab, where the corresponding parameter is used. Naturally, after that, you can use the regular search engine using the same indexing or search by extension or content. As you can see, there are no problems.

Conclusion

In conclusion, it remains to add that although the search for files in Windows 7 is organized somewhat differently, compared to, say, the same XP or Vista system (not to mention earlier versions), nevertheless, with the right approach, you can configure the search system itself , which is called, for themselves, applying some additional features.

This should not cause particular difficulties. A little patience, and custom tuning will be done in a couple of minutes. Moreover, the use of some specialized settings compared to those that are installed by default will even reduce the search time in terms of information processing. And we are not talking about specialized programs and applications designed to use many additional features that are simply not available in Windows 7 itself.

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Thanks for the clarity!

Alas, in reality this only works when searching on the local disk and not even on all files, but there is nowhere to select the file type directly when specifying the posik, as it was in XP.
It does not search for network drives at all. And to make them available offline is almost never possible. MS had such a convenient search in XP. Well, why did they throw him away? And why do not they want to return back to the seven for so many years?

I agree, I can’t stand the seven precisely because of the impossibility of finding the right file (when both by extension, and by content, and by date it is necessary).
I don’t know how others, on my working computer (designer technologist gas treatment plants) hundreds of folders, 1000 files.
and if you imagine some sales / purchase manager - generally “get on your life”!

Alexandra
To do this, add the necessary filters to the search, but now it is too much for ordinary users.

does not search in files with the .log extension
Is it the way it should be, or can it be customized?

Eugene, to configure the indexing options, go to the "Start-Control Panel - Indexing Options" menu. In the window that opens, click "Advanced" and go to the "File Types" tab. Next, select the extension of the file type you need and configure the parameters for indexing it (index only properties or contents as well). For .log files, only properties are indexed by default.

IT Department ...
Kapets, is it now for me to prescribe all possible file extensions? All Paskalevsky, all Syshny, all Vhdalevsky, Verilogovsky, Pisybishny, etc ...
It's easier to put the Total Commander.

STRANGE AT ME W7 AND I CAN'T FIND WINDOWS 1 AND 2, AT LEAD CALLED BY THE CONDUCTOR TO THE TEAM ... AND WITHOUT ANY SETTING IN THE START MENU, THE SEARCH IS GOING TO THE CONTENTS ... I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT .... EXPLAIN ...

SETTING UP THE SEARCH IN XP OUTSIDE OF ANY Doubt HAS BEEN BETTER .. BUT IF IN W7 SELECT AN ALGORITHM - Win + F - ENTER THE TEXT - GOING TO SEARCH ON THE TITLES - IF IT DOESN'T FIX - you press it hard - IS OUT “ALWAYS SEARCH FOR CONTENTS” ...) ALL FILTER BUTTONS ALWAYS DB ON SCREEN .. THIS IS OBVIOUS FOR ALL EXCEPT DEVELOPERS ... PROGRAMS AND NOT TEXT FILES - DOES NOT WANT TO SEARCH AND THIS HUGE MINUS ... MANDATORY DB FILTERS CONSTANT BUTTONS: TEXT, NOT TEXT, BY CONTENT, EXTENSIONS ..., ETC. USER PROGRAMS, GARBAGE, ... AND MUCH OTHER ..

God, what prevents you from storing documents in photo documents in photos, and then video in video and everything is perfectly looked for and is at least at least at least 10? And search by extensions, did you really use that list in XP to type for example * religion does not allow * .doc? And this method still works.

@ Sergei: You must be a moron. Search (just in case for information) was invented in order to SEEK what a person cannot find and DOES NOT KNOW WHERE LIES. If you are so smart and put everything in folders, then what about those who have a hard drive flying and recovery files are simply called numbers and are on the heap. And this is just one of many examples. I am simply amazed at your dullness in protecting small soft defammers instead of improving a convenient XPshny search.

The most interesting thing is that if the name of a folder matches the search bar, then all the files from this folder will fall out in the results, recursively. Logic, AU!

doesn't work anyway

doesn't work anyway

"Win + F - ENTER THE TEXT - GOING FOR A HEADER - IF IT DOES NOT SET - press COMPUTER - STARTING A SEARCH FOR CONTENTS" works for me, thank you very much. Long toiled without search even by file name. XP was not an example better in this regard.

does not look for text files with the sql extension, alas :(

I tried all the options, settings, the result - Windows 7 forgot how to do the most important thing - to search for a file by word in the text of Word documents! Neither any Vincus Commanders and Total Commanders can either. The only option is to run a virtual PC with Windows XP mode and, as before, “Find”. So I did it!

@ Vasiliy:
And when shared folders are in the office and it’s not clear who ... something ... did or didn’t do it before ... and the person may not be in the office

Find - Search windows - Analogs: - in w7-10 ...
—1— Win + F -> the "Search Results" window does not show the explorer ..
- search-ms: - only Win + r
- shell: SearchHomeFolder - only Win + r
—2— shell: Searches -> the "Searches" window - only h.z. Win + R - Explorer is visible
- C: Users \% username% Searches - only Win + r
-% UserProfile% Searches - only Win + r
—3— shell: History -> the “History” window - only the main window. Win + R - Search - Web History,
—4— shell: Recent -> the "Recent Documents" window - only h.z. Win + R - Explorer is visible ..
—5— shell. <22877a6d-37a1-461a-91b0-dbda5aaebc99> -> the Recent Places window - only Win + R -
——— explorer shell. <22877a6d-37a1-461a-91b0-dbda5aaebc99> - only Win + R -
—6— Win + E -> “Computer” window - Explorer is visible
—7— Win + 2 -> the “Libraries” window Explorer - look better here ...
- explorer - only Win + r
—8— click on the drive with: -> window (C :) - in my opinion the best search or just used to it ... the explorer is visible ...
—9— Win + R - Run window - - enter -> window (C :) -
I’m sure it’s good to know ...
Best regards List 05/23/18 g

OPTION: Pack in rar, inside the winrar program there is a search on the contents of the files, suitable for text files without encoding like: .txt .php

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