In the process of working with the operating system, sometimes it becomes necessary to search for a specific file. Both standard system solutions and third-party programs that cope with the search operation also quickly can come to the rescue. Often a problem in the search can be ignorance of the exact name of the file, its extension or other parameters (file size, modification date, etc.). Using the tips that are described in this article, you can easily find the desired file or folder.
Standard operating system search, Total Commander software
In order to search for files on your computer, you need to run the search program. The simplest solution in finding the necessary information is to use the standard operating system search. You can start the search from the Start menu. In the menu that opens, select the "Search" item - then "Files and folders". You can also start searching for files from any explorer window.
If Search is grayed out in the Start menu, go to the Start button settings to add it. Right-click on the menu "Start" - "Properties" - "Customize". In the window that opens, select the "Advanced" tab - check the "Search" box.
Enter the name of the file or folder you want to find - click the Search button. Please wait for a while for the search results to be received.
If you do not know the exact name of the file, but remember a few letters or symbols of this word, enter them using asterisks. For example, the file name you are looking for is "writer", but you only remember a few letters "tel". In the search form, enter the expression "**** tel. *.".
You can also use smart search from Total Commander. It allows you not only to search for file names, but also words in specific files. To start such a search, after starting the program, press the Alt + F7 key combination or press the "magnifying glass" icon on the main panel.