Where is the file search box in Win 10?

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  1.    27 Jan 2017 #21

    Barman58 said: View Post
    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.....
    That's what I want to use, but I cannot find it!

    How does one get the 'file search box'? And please, I only ever want to find one file at a time, so there's no need to complicate things with 'groups of files'.

    Please, just direct me to the 'file search box'. I don't believe it appears on any 'file explorer' option I can get.
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       27 Jan 2017 #23

    open file explorer (by default its on the taskbar), but has other ways to open it ( press the windows key and type explorer is one ) or double click any folder shortcut, eg. " This PC"

    The search bar is beneth the toolbar on the right side

    If you are really looking for something similar to XP you could try a free 3rd party option such as Everything search from Everything Search Engine
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  4.    27 Jan 2017 #24

    Oh, I see my real problem now, it's tucked away out of sight and then it's a very pale grey on a white background!

    Thank you, gentlemen, I now have it. Mind you, it doesn't find 'snowintrees' because it's not the full file name. And most of my searches are not the full file name because I'm looking for specific things not files. But I do know how to use asterisks before and after the part I want.

    Again, thank you and no thanks at all to Microsoft!
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       27 Jan 2017 #25

    The index nature of windows search means that for certain file types you can extend the search to include the contents of the files as well as the name. This can make things a lot easier to find. Just knowing that a word document contains a name or place can find the particular file whatever the file name .

    Check out the indexing link in my previous post
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       27 Jan 2017 #26

    badcat said: View Post
    Just type Win key + S and you should see the search box pop up.

    Alternatively, you can right-click on the start button and select search from the menu.
    The only reliable way for me to search is (for the whole computer) to use File Explorer, or if I know the folder, is to search in it. Searching in the "Ask me anything" field always fails unless the file is on ther SSD.

    Perhaps this is because my C drive is an SSD and all Documents, Pictures etc. etc. have been re-directed to my internal spinning drive. If that is true, I would have thought Windows 10 would be bright enough to notice that re-direction and search it as well as the C drive.
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  7.    27 Jan 2017 #27

    I use my Windows 10 system as a music server that has 90,000 songs in it. If I want to play any particular song I just start typing and the more I type the more it narrows it down.

    For example if I just type the word "down" I get 534 files in a matter of about 2 seconds. If I add the word "by" then it narrows it down to 19 items, and if I add the word "the" it narrows it down to just 14 items.

    Windows 10 search works perfectly because I have over 60,000 photos, 22,000 documents and 90,000 songs.
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  8.    27 Jan 2017 #28

    In the above example I was just searching my music collection. If I search This PC, then the word "down" brings up 1307 items. That took several seconds to do.
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       27 Jan 2017 #29


    if you utilize the location tab on the properties of the special folders, (pictures, music, downloads Etc.), then Windows will automatically index and search the "other" locations as part of search, It does on mine and even re-locate the desktop this way.

    To be honest I use Mediamonkey for media files and Lightroom for images and use the specialist search functions of the programs themselves, but Windows search is fully metadata aware, although limited compared to specialist software of course
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