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3. Windows Explorer > 25. Find Files Faster by Mastering the Indexing Service’s...

Find Files Faster by Mastering the Indexing Service’s Query Language

Got a hard disk filled with many files, and no easy way to find what you want quickly? Use the Indexing Service and its query language to get what you want—fast.

Packrats like me (and my editor) have a hard time finding exactly what they want on their hard disks. I have thousands of files there, some dating back close to 10 years, which I dutifully copy to a new system every time I upgrade my hardware. After all, who knows when I might need to find the list of books I planned to take out of the library in 1996?

XP’s Search Companion is too slow and the kinds of searches it can perform are fairly limited. It can’t find files based on properties such as when the file was last printed or the word count of a file, or using a sophisticated search language.


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