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Windows 7: How do I use search, have lost a file.

11 Dec 2009   #1

Win7
 
 
How do I use search, have lost a file.

Win 7 Ultimate RC 7100 64 bit

Hi,

I have a document/file called "zarbot".

Yesterday I put it, (I thought ) in to a folder on my PC.

I can not find the zarbot file/document

I have an internal and external HDD, it's possible I may inadvertently stored it anywhere on those two HDDs.

I don't know how to use the search function under "start" properly.

When I type in "zarbot" in the search box under start, it just tells me " no items match your search ".

If I type in a file name I know is on my PC it says the same thing.

It use to be so easy under XP Home, my search doggy would pop up.

What am I doing wrong, how do I find my file?

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11 Dec 2009   #2

 

After you do a search from the start menu click the 'Search again in: computer' button. I belive that will search your whole computer.


Here is an example.


Just noticed in 'My Computer' if you click computer the search box changes to computer and you can do a whole computer search there too.
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11 Dec 2009   #3

Win7
 
 

Hi irbeel,

Ah, Thank you very much, I shall play, I just followed your instructions and got a lot further.

I would never have figured it without being shown, thanks.

My next question is how did you get your big red arrows and can they only be applied to screen shots?
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11 Dec 2009   #4

 

I just used MSpaint to add them to my screen shots.

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11 Dec 2009   #5

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You might find Everything ( free ) is a better option if you want to search for files/folders by name. It is very small and efficient.

I use it a lot:

Everything Search Engine
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11 Dec 2009   #6

Win7
 
 

Hi Irbeel,

Boy do I feel stupid.

I knew that, honest.

Thank you for your help and advice.

Have a good Christmas and New Year.
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11 Dec 2009   #7

Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
You might find Everything ( free ) is a better option if you want to search for files/folders by name. It is very small and efficient.

I use it a lot:

Everything Search Engine
Thanks SIW2.

I installed it this morning, it's very easy to use and fast but it is nice to know how to do it in Win 7.

I think the Win 7 approach is a little convoluted but then so is many things with anything MS.
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