Searching Your Computer
3. Use the Date options if you want to search based on specific date-related crite-
ria. Three selection lists are associated with date-based searches:
a. Use the first selection list to set a date range for the search. Your options for
setting date ranges include Date, for searching on the creation and modifica-
tion date; Date Created, for searching on the creation date only; and Date
Modified, for searching on the last modification date only.
b. Use the second date-related list to specify how dates are used in your search.
Your options are “any,” for searching for any date; “is,” for searching for a
specific date or inclusive dates; “is before,” for searching for a date prior to a
specified date; and “is after,” for searching for a date occurring after the
c. Click the third selection list to display a calendar view for selecting a spe-
cific date to use with your “is,” “is before,” or “is after” search criteria. With
the “is” search criteria, you can set an inclusive date range by clicking the
start date and dragging the pointer to the desired end date.
4. Use the Size options to search based on specific size criteria. If you choose an
option other than “any,” you can set specific size values for the search using
“equals,” “is less than,” and “is greater than.” Then set the file size, in kilobytes
(KB), that files returned in the search must be equal to, less than, or greater than.
5. To set the full or partial filename to match, enter the desired search text in the
Name text box.
6. To search for files containing a specific tag, enter the tag that a file must have in
order to be listed in the search results.
7. To search for files created by or modified by specific users, enter the username
with which a file must be associated in order to be listed in the search results.
8. Click Search to begin your search. As with other types of searches, the search
results are listed in the Results Pane.
Searching Your Computer: Save Search Options
Whenever you perform a search, Windows Vista updates the menu bar in Windows
Explorer to include a Save Search button. Clicking this button allows you to save
your search criteria so that you can rapidly perform an identical search in the future.
Windows Vista saves your search criteria as a search folder.
Search folders are new for Windows Vista. They have a blue icon with a magnifying
glass, as shown in Figure 6-24.
Figure 6-24. A search folder