How to Search Using Filters in Windows 7 Explorer – Twothirds.Us

How to Search Using Filters in Windows 7 Explorer – Twothirds.Us

One of the most important features of a computer that I miss in my real life is the ability to search things. If I forget where I kept my bike keys, I have a tough time finding them. I wish I could hit Ctrl+F and type “bike keys” to locate them.

Basic search on Windows is sufficient if you know the file name, but advanced search filters are handy if you don’t remember it.

Advantage of Adding a Search Filter

Search filters add a new dimension to Windows Explorer search. Usually, we search for files by name. However, with filters, we can search for files by properties like author, size, or dates.

How to Add a Filter to Your Search in Windows 7

Step 1: Open the folder you wish to search in. If you are not sure where to look for the file, open Computer.

Step 2: To begin your search, set focus to the search bar on the top right corner of the folder. If you have any idea about the date the file was created or last modified, select Date Modified: or if you remember the approximate file size select Size:.

How to Search Using Filters in Windows 7 Explorer – Twothirds.UsHow to Search Using Filters in Windows 7 Explorer – Twothirds.Us

Step 3: Search for a single file by adding two or three filters. You can also add keywords to refine your search results.

How to Search Using Filters in Windows 7 Explorer – Twothirds.Us

Step 4: Once you find the file you were hunting for, start your work but be sure to save it in a memorable location.

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When filtering properties, use special keywords to narrow your search and achieve better results. Here is a list of available keywords from Microsoft.

My Verdict

If you’re struggling to remember the filename or saved location of a document you worked on last week, adding search filters can help you locate them quickly. Just remember the date of the last modification along with the approximate size. Windows will take care of the rest. Moreover, if you can recall some keywords and use them while searching for the missing file, that’s even better! Have any Windows search tricks to share? Feel free to boast about them in the comments!

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