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Finding Files

A hard disk with a capacity measured in gigabytes can hold tens of thousands of files in hundreds or even thousands of folders. So you shouldn't be surprised if you occasionally lose track of one or more of those files. Fortunately, Windows includes a handy utility that lets you hunt down misplaced files, even if you can't remember the file's exact name. You can search for a portion of the name, or you can search for some other detail, such as the size and type of the file, the date it was created, or a fragment of text within the file.

Finding a File or Folder by Name

To begin searching for a file on a local disk or on a shared network drive, click the Start button and choose Find, Files or Folders. (If Windows Explorer is open, choose Tools, Find, Files or Folders.) Windows displays a dialog box like the one in Figure 7.5.


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