This tutorial was originally written for Windows 8. Windows Search
is basically the same behaving in same way in both Windows 7 and Windows 8. However as Windows 8 has the Modern UI Charms Search
which is not present in Windows 7 and again as Windows 7 has the Start Menu Search
which is not present in Windows 8, I decided there's enough differences to make this tutorial separately for both Windows versions.
Searching a file, a document or a picture among thousands of others can by a difficult task. Using myself and my photos as an example, my Pictures Library
alone has over 24,000 pictures and images in over 700 folders:
(Click screenshots to enlarge them)
This as I said only the Pictures Library
, not counted all those thousands and thousands of images already archived on Archive and Backup drives.
I am not a photographer, not even a keen photo snapper when on holidays or otherwise, yet I have these thousands of photos. What about you, maybe a hobby photographer with 15 years of active photo taking, all stored on a computer? Or an aspiring writer, hundreds of short stories and poems just waiting the day you will be discovered?
Have you ever noticed how difficult it can be to find that single photo of your trip to Alaska back in 2007, or that one short story you wrote in college? You know they are there, on your hard disk, but it seems impossible to find them. Or do you need to search similar files to store them together?
This tutorial will show you how to fine tune Windows 7 Search, search easier, how to combine different search filters and operators to find exactly what you are looking for.