Searching Your Computer
In Figure 6-22, note that the Windows Search service provides several warning
• The first warning explains that there are too many results to fit in this view.
Because the Windows Search service returns only the first 5,000 matching
results, you’ll see this warning whenever there are more than 5,000 items in the
search results. In this case, you will typically want to try to narrow your search
by entering more specific search text in the Search box. You can, however, click
the warning text and then select “Show all results” to force the Windows Search
service to display all matching results.
• The second warning explains that searches might be slow because you are
searching nonindexed locations. If you don’t want to see this warning in the
future, click the warning text and then select “Don’t show this message again.” If
you frequently search this location, you can speed up future searches by clicking
the warning text and then selecting “Add to index.” See also “Indexing Your
Computer for Faster Searches,” for details on customizing the list of indexed
When you know the type of file you are looking for but not necessarily the name,
you can enter a wildcard character to start your search. In the example shown in
Figure 6-22, I didn’t know the name of the file I was looking for or even part of it, so
* as a wildcard character to match any name. Since I also knew I wasn’t
looking for an email, document, picture, or music file, I selected Other on the Search
Pane to narrow the search results. This achieved the desired results, because the
movie clips I was looking for were listed in the search results. Since these particular
movie clips were .mpg files, I could also have searched for *.MPG.
Searching Your Computer: Advanced Search Filters
Basic search filters allow you to search your computer quickly for specific types of
files with filenames matching specific search text. Basic search filters are, in most
cases, fairly efficient, but they may not be efficient enough to help you pinpoint a
specific file. This is where advanced search filters come into the picture. When you
want to perform a thorough search based on multiple criteria, you’ll want to use an
advanced search. With an advanced search, you can:
• Set the start location as part of the search criteria.
• Search for files created, modified, or both within specific date ranges.
• Search for files with specific file sizes.
• Include hidden and system files in search results.
• Search for files containing specific tags.
• Search for files created by specific authors.