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Chapter 6. Organizing Your Work > Using the Search Window

Using the Search Window

One of the first rules of organization is to know where things are, and how to keep them in their rightful places. The Search command from the Start menu is a tool often used in this mission. It can be invaluable for those of us who are too lazy to get organized—you can just do a search for that file you know you stored somewhere but couldn't remember to save your life. Yes, indeed, it's a wonderful tool for the absent-minded. However, this chapter is dedicated to organization, and in that spirit, let's look on the bright side. If you're interested in organizing your stuff (the lexicon's term du jour for anything in your computer), you must find it first. The Search command can offer a major assist in the sleuth.

As we mentioned in Chapter 1, "Introducing Windows 2000 Professional," Windows 2000's Search feature is new and wholly superior to anything in any version of Windows to date. It can find a needle in a haystack, and it doesn't much matter where the haystack is or what else is in it. The Search window will find people, computers, Web pages, files, folders, and programs. It will look on the Web, on the local machine, or across the intranet (LAN). In the context of this chapter, let's focus on organizing your programs, files, and folders, however. In the chapters covering network issues (Part IV) and the Internet section (Part III), we'll cover searching for other kinds of information.


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