Searching files in Win7

Posted on 2015-01-14
Last Modified: 2015-01-16
Start brings up its list. At the bottom is a text box, "Search Files and Folders".
I enter a file name and a list of files with that name appears. With no details whatever. Any of the variety of ways to get the path and creation date of a file list, and the search window vanishes. I have to start all over to look at the next file in the search lisr.

Very tedious and annoying.

I would like at least the paths to be displayed, and the dates too if possible.
Can this be done in Win7's file search?

Tangential to another question I posted here, I was told to right click in the search window, > View > change to Details > expand column widths if necessary.

Doesn't work. I get a "Properties" button, which brings up a window with three tabs, Taskbar, Start Menue, and Tool Bar

I sure miss the way XP did it.
Question by:NormaPosy
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you can right click the file and open the file location
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Select option "See more results" this opens Windows Explorer page with the results listed including file path and date modified. Fore more detail you can then change the display to detailed to see type and size details
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As per above and also you can open Windows Explorer and do a regular / advanced Search from the top right bar. This is reasonably close to XP.

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The shortcut for the advanced search is Win-F.
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Tangential to another question I posted here, I was told to right click in the search window, > View > change to Details > expand column widths if necessary.
Hi Norma, that was me that gave you the above steps :)

Sorry if my instructions didn't work, you can try clicking on the More Options button on the top right of the search results window then choose Details instead to change the view.
You should then be able to see the Folder column along with the Date modified column.
If you need the Date created column then you'll need to right click on the column bar (where it says Name, Type, Size, Date modified, Folder) > go down to More... > then tick Date created in the Choose details box that appears.
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Thank you all.

Hurst: That works fine. So why provide another so awkward in the "Start" pop-up?

David: Yes, but then the whole thing goes away and I have to begin all over again to look at the next one.

Michael and VB ITS: I don't see any "More Options" button.

Olemo: That searches the internet.

JC: Seems useful. I will look into it. Comment: Windows sure provides a lot of employment for third-party programmers!
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by:Michael Fowler
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After you enter the search term the option "See More Results" is at the bottom of the search

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@NormaPosy  - Thanks, and I was happy to help.
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Norma, you need to right click on the bar where it says Name, Type, Size, etc to see More...
This is where you would then see Choose Details window and add the Date created column to the search results window.

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As they say in the old country, "Oh!"

I thought it meant more results of the search itself.
Poor label. Should be "Details" or something like that.

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Thank you.
Too late to give you points?
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No need to Norma, not worth the hassle :)
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Norma, Win-f opens the local Search dialog, not Internet Search as you posted.

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