Ever lose anything on your computer? Or have a hard time finding applications or your Control Panel? In this video, you will learn how to find virtually anything on your computer using the Start menu. You will learn how to conduct custom search settings as well as use some of the more advanced features such as filtered search and web search.
- [Instructor] In this lesson we're going to cover how to search using using your Start Menu. Windows makes it very easy to find mostly anything on your computer, including files, folders, programs and even Control Panel options using your Start Menu. Let's begin by clicking on the Start Menu. In order to search for something, all we have to do is begin typing what we are looking for. It's seems strange since there is no Search box but once you type in a word this will change. Let's search for a program. For example, let's say I'm looking for PowerPoint. All I need to do is type out the first few letters of the program.
I'll type out P-O-W and notice that PowerPoint appears and all I have to do is simply click on the icon to open it up. I'll go ahead and minimize that. Let's now try with one of my Control Panel options. Let's say I want to uninstall a program. Windows allows you to search by the action you want to accomplish. I will type out uninstall. I'll go ahead and click on the Start Menu and type out uninstall and notice what appears is the Programs and Features options found within the Control Panel. I could have also searched by Programs and Features and it would have come up just the same.
Let's now search for a folder called Lynda. Once again, I click on the Start Menu and I simply type out the name of the folder and it will appear just like any other item I've searched for. Let's now take a look at some of the other additional options that appear with our search results. Windows will show some other locations, directories where it may exist. So it has the Best Match. Could be in the Store, Documents or even in the Web. Also, you'll notice on the top, if you click More there are several other tabs that allow you to filter the location of where Windows should look.
If you move your mouse over each icon, you will see where they will filter your search. Apps will look in your Programs and Apps folder for the search item. Documents will look in your Documents folder for all document file types. Folders will filter out the folders with the name you typed in and then Music, Photos and Videos will look for that keyword within those folder types and then Settings will look in your computer's Control Panel and General Settings folder and finally, clicking on the Web tab will do a web search and open up your browser and use Microsoft's search engine Bing to conduct the search.
Notice that it says Best Match for Web. I'll go ahead and click on Lynda and now it appears in my browser using the Bing search. Finally, if you'd like to use a keyboard shortcut, instead of clicking on the Start button, you can just tap on the Windows key on your keyboard and simply start typing to conduct your search. For example, I will tap on the Windows key and the Start menu appears. All I need to do is type. I will type in notepad and watch the results appear. Same as we did with PowerPoint and our other search items.
Using the Start Menu to access Windows powerful Search tool can save you a ton of time and frustration, helping you find practically any item in your computer with just a click or a touch of a button.
Technology trainer David Casuto explains basic Windows conventions, and explores how to best resize and manage windows, change the way your mouse behaves, and customize the desktop, including the taskbar and Start menu. Need help finding files and applications? Learn how to search more effectively using the File Explorer and Cortana, Microsoft's digital assistant. If you have visual or audio impairments, Window's accessibility features are a great tool. Learn how to use the Ease of Access options (like the Magnifier and closed captioning) to make Windows more user friendly. Last but not least, David shows how to save time with some helpful keyboard shortcuts. Windows is a powerful platform; with these tips, you'll find it even easier to use.
- Personalizing your desktop
- Managing windows
- Changing mouse properties
- Searching for files, folders, and apps
- Using the File Explorer
- Using accessibility features
- Using keyboard shortcuts