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Chapter 5. File Management Basics > Finding What You Need

Finding What You Need

No matter how meticulous you are about setting up and using a logical filing system, there will be times when you will simply forget where you stored a file. Windows provides a powerful search tool to locate a file by a variety of criteria, such as a word that might be contained in the file name or in the file itself, the date it was last modified, or the size of the file (if you're looking for a very large file containing graphics, this last choice might narrow down the search).

✓ Follow these steps to search for a file:

1.
Select Start, Search. The Search dialog box shown in Figure 5.5 appears.

Figure 5.5. The little animated dog in this dialog box is your Search Companion.


2.
Click the type of item you want to search for in the left pane of this box.

3.
Select or enter criteria for your search, such as the date the file was last modified or a word used in the body of the document. If you want additional criteria, click the Use Advanced Search Items link at the bottom of this list.

4.
Click Search. The items that match your criteria will be displayed on the right side of the dialog box.


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