Windows 10: Where is the file search box in Win 10?

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  1.    27 Jan 2017 #11

    Well, for a start it's not on the task bar for me... and then it doesn't offer me any means of finding file names I want found. Nothing.

    It's useless as far as I can see. I need something which offers me an option where I put part of a file name in there and it finds it for me.
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  2.    27 Jan 2017 #12

    Just to show what I mean, here is the result:



    So let's say I have a file named 'snowintrees' on my F drive, but I don't know where it is, how do I get the computer to find it?

    And while we're there, why am I now getting a new window of 'File Explorer' every time I click on something?
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    10 Home x64 (1703) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       27 Jan 2017 #13

    ramojan said: View Post
    So let's say I have a file named 'snowintrees' on my F drive, but I don't know where it is, how do I get the computer to find it?
    File Explorer, search This PC (if you know it's on F: search F:\)- fast if it's in an indexed location, but will find it eventually in an unindexed location...

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  4.    27 Jan 2017 #14

    But what I'm asking is how to get that search option to appear!

    How do I get that, please?

    Nothing I've seen so far, and I've been looking on and off for almost 24 hours, approaches any of the options I've seen on websites. This computer just doesn't have them.
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    10 Home x64 (1703) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       27 Jan 2017 #15

    ramojan said: View Post
    But what I'm asking is how to get that search option to appear! ... This computer just doesn't have them.
    The Search/Cortana box next to Start on the taskbar may well have been be hidden. To turn it back on, right-click on the taskbar. Choose either 'Show search box' or, to save space, show just the icon (click on the icon to open the search box).

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  6.    27 Jan 2017 #16

    I've already made it clear that I can get Cortana, but I cannot see how to make it find any files.

    I don't want to use Cortana, there is another search method mentioned everywhere I go, but I cannot find it.

    Please understand, I want to find that search option, not Cortana.
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  7.    27 Jan 2017 #17

    Just put the file name you want to search for in the "ask me anything" box... I have just typed "service history" in mine and it found the file in my documents called "service history"
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  8.    27 Jan 2017 #18

    No, that didn't work...

    This is the result I got:



    Once again I ask, is there anywhere in Windows 10 where I can search for a 'file or folder'?

    It was there in XP, in Windows 95 etc, but it doesn't appear to be easy to find in Windows 10 at all.

    And please, can we try to do it without Cortana?
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  9.    27 Jan 2017 #19

    No idea then, you can use Cortana and get the results below, or type it into file explorer and it does the same... bot suggested above and quite simple to use.. very similar to Windows 7

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    Windows 10 Pro x64 - XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       27 Jan 2017 #20

    If you want to find files or use a template to find a group of files - Simply use the file search box in the File explorer.

    You can limit the search to areas of the files system by navigating to a particular area (use This PC for the widest local search, or even Network if you have multiple devices, and the sufficient rights)

    The old fashioned rules still apply - ? =1 Character, * = Multiple Characters, lowercase searches for lower and upper case whilst upper case searches only for uppercase (eg *.doc searches for all Doc files )

    Windows now as it has for a while creates an index of files of a number of file types in certain places by default but will search any or all areas though searches in non indexed areas can take longer

    If your favoured file structure is a lot different from the windows default setup using the Users files area and file type folders, then you can add/remove folder structures and types To/from the index

    Search Index - Rebuild in Windows 10
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