How to Find Stuff on Your Windows 7 PC - sveccкод для вставки
How to Find Stuff on Your Windows 7 PC A typical PC has many files вЂ“ thousands and thousands of them. If you are like me and you collect a lot of stuff, you may even have several million. So what do you do when you want to find one of those files? If you know the name or part of the name of the file, you can just stick that in Start- Search. Or if you know the folder location, you can use the Windows Explorer search bar and enter the file name and search through the folder. Depending on your settings for indexing, Windows 7 can be pretty good at turning up the file in those cases. Advanced Query Syntax In Windows 7 something called Advanced Query Syntax (AQS) was introduced. It uses a set of operators and properties that allow searches to be narrowed down in a large variety of ways. The set of possibilities is far more than I can cover here but here are the basic parameters: п‚· п‚· п‚· п‚· File kinds- folders, documents, pictures and so on File stores- specific databases and locations File properties- size, date, title and so on File contents- keywords Here are just a few examples of the many possible search queries. In each case the query is to be entered into a search bar. Purpose of search Search query To find all files with extension mp3 ext:mp3 To find files modified yesterday date:yesterday To find pictures (JPG, PNG, GIF, etc.) kind:pics To find pictures but no JPGs kind:pics NOT jpg To find pictures modified this week kind:pics date:this week There are numerous ways to search picture and music files for various properties, ways to search emails, ways to serch documents, and many other possibilities. Here are two Microsoft references with details: п‚· п‚· Advanced Query Syntax Using Advanced Query Syntax To Find Files in Windows 7 Using natural language to search Windows 7 also has a search feature that is often overlooked. It is called вЂњnatural language searchвЂќ. It allows search queries to be phrased a little more loosely than the Boolean kind. It is not enabled by default. Here is how to enable natural language search: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Go to Windows Explorer for any folder Open the drop-down menu вЂњOrganizeвЂќ Select вЂњFolder And Search OptionsвЂќ In the Folder Options dialog box, click the вЂњSearchвЂќ tab Check вЂњUse Natural Language SearchвЂќ Here is an example of the simplification provided by natural language search. The search вЂњkind:pics date:yesterdayвЂќ can be reduced to вЂњpics date yesterdayвЂќ. No great reduction, but every little bit helps.