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Part 1. Using Common Office Features > Task 10 How to Find Files

Task 10 How to Find Files

Need to find a specific file you've saved? There's a Search button on every main toolbar in all the Office programs except Outlook. Click the Search button to open the Basic Search task pane. From here, you can look for a file based on the filename or file type. You can even specify a location from which you want to conduct the search. Also, there are advanced search options to assist you with your search.

  1. Click the Search Button

    Click the Search button on the Standard toolbar. The Basic Search task pane opens.


  2. Enter the Search Text

    Click inside the Search text field and type the name of the file you want to search for.


  3. Search in a Specific Folder

    In the Other Search Options area, specify how you want to conduct the search. Click the Search in drop-down arrow and select a drive or folder to search.


  4. Search for a Specific File Type

    To search for a specific file type, click the Results should be drop-down arrow and select a file type from the list.


  5. Start the Search

    Click the Search button to begin searching for the file using the search criteria you've specified.


  6. View the Search Results

    The results of the search appear in the task pane. To open a file, double-click the filename or click the file's drop-down arrow and choose a program in which to edit the file. To see the file's drop-down arrow, just move the mouse pointer over the filename.



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