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3. Windows Explorer and Searching > 3.4. Searching Your Computer

Searching Your Computer

Sometimes, finding a file on your disk is like hunting for a lost robot on Mars— time-consuming, often futile, and sweaty. Here are tips and workarounds to help you find what you need fast—whether you’re looking for a budget document from last year or an MP3 Martian music file you downloaded last week.

Customizing Windows XP’s Basic Search Tools

Windows XP’s search tool, Search Companion, offers some very basic search tools for finding lost files. While Search Companion isn’t going to help you find the Holy Grail, it’s not bad for quick retrievals of files you know are lurking somewhere on your computer. And if you mix in some of the advanced search tools, described later, you can really beef up your search capabilities.


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