Searches in win 7

Posted on 2011-10-31
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
i used to like my search ability in win xp.... I knew what to do...

if i woul dlike to ask " search " these days to find a document which conatins the word  "presentation "  how would i accomplish this..?
Question by:intelogent
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    by:Ehab Salem
    Windows 7 by default searches content of files for indexed folders only. You can change that in the search options but this will slow down all searches.

    Windows 7 Search is quite complicated, yet powerfull, but you need to get acqainted to it.

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    hi guys,

    lets keep this going a bit...

    first of all... good pointing...

    what is the default folders which are being searched ?

    if i am searching for a MS word document with the word " tax " in it's body..
    would i select the type  = document, and then the word tax....

    see i am uncertain if this will return files with the word tax in their title, folders with the title tax, or documents with the word tax in the body.

    any comments appreciated.

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    by:Ehab Salem
    To look for a word document type .doc (or .docx) or type:=.doc, for the word tax in it you type:
    type:=.doc tax
    and it is searching in the open folder in which you initiate the search and its subfolders. Make sure indexing is running and you serach indexed folders.
    You can also specify a 'PATH' search using path:xxx.

    I found these 2 articles very useful for searching for files in Windows 7 with very specific criteria:

    For example if you want to look for JPG files with size between 500kb and 5mb that have been modified before 1/1/2011 and where the file path contains the folder ‘ALEX’ but does not contain folder ‘DATA’ and finally the filename does not include ‘emergency’. If you want all that type the following:

    .jpg NOT emergency size:>500 kb AND <5 mb modified:<1/1/2011 path:alex NOT data

    (note that the operators AND, OR, NOT, … must be CAPITAL)

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    very good articales

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