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If you type in the exact name of a file (such as, say, Chicago.MP3) only that song would be found. Just typing in
Chicago, however, would find all file names containing the city's name.
If you can't recall any part of a text file's name but remember that the document contained a certain word or text sequence,
type what you know into the box labeled A Word or Phrase in the File. The more distinctive or unusual the word(s) the better.
If you're looking for something you recently created or acquired, but can't remember any part of its file name, try using the
When Was It Modified? option, where you can specify Last Week, Past Month, or Past Year. You can even type in a
particular time frame by using Specify Dates.
It is also important for the Look In field to specify Local Hard Drive C (or whichever drives you want searched).
If this field only lists a particular folder, such as My Documents, the rest of your hard drive will be ignored. Be sure that
Search Subfolders is also checked.
For certain files, such as MSWord's infamous Normal.DOT, you also need to have Search System Folders checked.
However, rarely would you be searching for Hidden Files & Folders.
Not surprisingly, various combinations of the above options can narrow down your search considerably.
As for manipulating what shows up under Search Results, you can double-click any file to open it. You can then use
File>Save As to make a copy and store it wherever you want. If you prefer to move found files to other locations,
you can select them and drag them onto the your Desktop or into any folder. Click View>Details to display a file's current location.
You can likewise copy, delete, or rename any found files.
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