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Windows Search functionality has been greatly enhanced, and Windows 7 comes with the very latest version. Unlike the version that shipped with Windows Vista, you can now obtain lightning fast search results from network-based file shares, as well as your own local hard drives. Let's say we are looking for a spreadsheet with a hockey schedule. There are a couple of different ways we could do that. If we knew where it was located, we could go to the Exercise Files, for example. If you've got them double-click to open.
We'll double-click the Chap02 folder. We know it's somewhere here in Chap02. In the top right-hand corner of Windows Explorer, you'll notice we've got a Search field. So we can click there and everything we search for is going to be in the Chap02 folder, so let's type-in the word hockey. Notice there is one spreadsheet here with a hockey schedule. We see a little bit of information about it. First of all, the type of file that it is. It's an Excel 97 to 2003 worksheet. Also down below in the list, we see a little bit of information, the contents of this particular file, when it was updated and so on.
So, let's close up Windows Explorer and try another method. This is even better. If you have no idea where to find this file, click the Windows Orb, your old Start button and type hockey down there at the bottom. You can see a flashing cursor in the Search field. Since we do that there seems to be only one file. It's in our Exercise Files, we don't know that till we hover over it and see the size, the date modified and click to open up that file. If you've got Microsoft Excel it automatically opens up Excel and displays the file, so we could close that up.
Now, another great use for Windows Search is to find programs that you want run. So instead of sifting through the All programs menu and the Start menu, and a bunch of sub-menus we can use the Search field from the Windows Orb, give it a click. Let's say we want to run Solitaire. Start typing in the word solitaire and you'll notice right at the top, got a couple of different versions, select the one you want and you are quickly in and playing a game. So, we'll close that one up as well. So that's just a couple of examples how you can save a lot of time, looking for files and programs using this latest version of Windows Search.
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