Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/173703/how-to-use-windows-advanced-search-features-everything-you-need-to-know/
You should never have to hunt down a lost file on modern versions of Windows — just perform a quick search. You don’t even have to wait for a cartoon dog to find your files, like on Windows XP.
This is why I don't complain about Windows 8.1. Press Windows key, type what you want, press Enter. Job done, no need to look at screen.
"Everything" search engine from www.voidtools.com - fastest search tool ever.
Fastest, and can be used as an FTP server. I personally don't care about the "fastest" bit so much, but that's probably just me.
So? I do the same in Win 7.
Um... yeah. That's what I mean. If all you use your Start menu is for search, then upgrading to 8.1 won't bring any unreasonable difference.
But I do use the Start Menu for more than just searches.
As you wish, then. Me waiting for day after tomorrow when I get 8.1 GA.
The search engine "Everything" might be fast, but it only searches for file names, not the content of files. We are invariably searching for a document or email 10 years or more old, and which we know had one particular word in it. Windows' Advanced Search does this admirably.
It certainly is fast - all file and folder names are held in memory, so it produces results as you type.
Fortunately for me, that's what I need most of the time as I file documents, pictures, TV programmes, films etc in folders whose name I sometimes forget. This search utility just couldn't be quicker without reading my mind.
There's no way the contents could be held in memory of course, so that is where indexing comes in. I don't know which utility is the best indexer.
For searching PDF files, I use PDF-XChange Viewer - it can search all PDFs in a folder and it presents every occurrence of the search item in a side-bar. But it is very slow because it has to read the files from disk.
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